Techniques used in measuring human body composition

Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 1998 Sep;1(5):439-48. doi: 10.1097/00075197-199809000-00013.


Remarkable progress is evident in the field of body composition research. This review summarizes main body composition research concepts, examines new component measurement methodologies and identifies potential areas for future research. As the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is now gaining acceptance, both clinically and in the research laboratory, as a useful body composition method, particular emphasis is placed on this important approach.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Anthropometry
  • Body Composition* / physiology
  • Electric Impedance
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Neutron Activation Analysis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed