Human Body Surface Surface Area: Measurement and Prediction Using Three Dimensional Body Scans

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Authors
  1. Tikuisis, P.
  2. Meunier, P.
  3. Jubenville, C.E.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The development of three dimensional laser scanning technology and sophisticated graphics editing software have allowed an alternative and potentially more accurate determination of body surface area (BSA). Raw whole-body scans of 641 adults (395 men and 46 women) were obtained from the antropometric data base of the Civilian American and European Surface Anthropometry Resource project. Following surface restoration of the scans (i.e. patching and smoothing), BSA was calculated. A representative subset of the entire sample population involving 12 men and 12 women (G24) was selected for detailed measurements of hand surface area (SA sub hand) and ratios of surface area to volume (SA/VOL) of various body segments. Regression equations involving wrist circumference and arm length were used to predict SA sub hand of the remaining population. The overall (mean (SD)) of BSA were 2.03 (0.19) and 1.73 (0.19) m2 for men and women, respectively. Various prediction equations were tested and although most predicted the measured BSA reasonably closely, residual analysis revealed an over prediction with increasing body size in most cases. TRUNCATED
Keywords
3D anthropometry;Body size;Size determination
Report Number
DCIEM-SL-2000-141 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
07 May 2001
Number of Pages
8
DSTKIM No
CA024563
CANDIS No
522231
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