Adipose tissue determinations in cadavers--a comparison between cross-sectional planimetry and computed tomography

Int J Obes. 1990 Oct;14(10):893-902.


The adipose tissue surfaces in 11 slices (+/- 5 cm from the umbilicus) were compared in two cadavers using computed tomography (CT) versus planimetry of band-sawed slices of the corresponding sections. A very close correlation was found with partial correlations of around 0.90. Retroperitoneal fat formed a considerable proportion of the total adipose tissue surface in the slices. The results were similar whether fat was defined as -250 to -50, -190 to -30, or -140 to -40 Hounsfield units. These data indicate that CT measurements agree closely with a direct morphometric method and thus can be used as a 'gold standard' for future development. The fact that fat which is located extraperitoneally, but still intraabdominally, constitutes a significant proportion of the slice surface in the umbilical region indicates that data relating intraabdominal fat measurements to metabolic functions must be interpreted with caution.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen
  • Adipose Tissue / pathology*
  • Aged
  • Anthropometry / methods*
  • Body Composition / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Male
  • Postmortem Changes*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*