Abdominal fat assessed by computed tomography: sex difference in distribution

Clin Radiol. 1983 Mar;34(2):189-91. doi: 10.1016/s0009-9260(83)80303-1.


Abdominal fat distribution has been compared in 25 men and 25 women by computed tomography (CT) at the level of the umbilicus. Men have significantly more fat within the abdominal cavity. Women have similar total fat, but store a greater proportion of it in their subcutaneous tissues. For this reason, abdominal CT may prove to be more accurate in males than in females.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / diagnostic imaging*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography, Abdominal*
  • Sex Characteristics*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*