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Measurement of subcutaneous adipose tissue development in children by the optical device LIPOMETER
Author(s): Reinhard Moeller; Renate Horejsi; Karl Sudi; Aloys Berg; Gilbert Reibnegger; Erwin Tafeit
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Paper Abstract

The new optical device LIPOMETER enables the non-invasive, quick and save determination of the thickness of subcutantous adipose tissue (SAT) layers (in nm) at any site of the human body. The topographic specification of 15 evenly distributed body sites allows the precise measurement of subcutaneous body fat distribution, so called subcutaneous adipose tissue topopgraphy (SAT-Top). SAT-Top was determined in more than 1000 children aging from 7 to 21 yr. We describe the SAT-Top development of these subjects through different age groups and the differences between male and female SAT-Top development in each age group. SAT layer profiles (medians of the 15 body sites) for boys and girls in age group (7-9 yr) show a very similar pattern for both sexes, followed by decreasing SAT layer thicknesses in boys and increasing values in girls in the subsequent age groups. Between age group 3 (11-13 yr) and age group 7 (19- 21 yr) male and female SAT-Top is significantly different in (almost) all body sites. We present a precise description of SAT-Top development in boys and girls, providing a basis for further investigations in different fields such as obesity, sport sciences or metabolic disorders, and suggesting the LIPOMETER technique as an appropriate measurement tool.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4432, Diagnostic Optical Spectroscopy in Biomedicine, (31 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.447148
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Reinhard Moeller, Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz (Austria)
Renate Horejsi, Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz (Austria)
Karl Sudi, Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz (Austria)
Aloys Berg, Medical Univ. Freiburg (Germany)
Gilbert Reibnegger, Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz (Austria)
Erwin Tafeit, Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4432:
Diagnostic Optical Spectroscopy in Biomedicine
Theodore G. Papazoglou; Georges A. Wagnieres, Editor(s)

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