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

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  • 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.
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  • Rossner S; Bo WJ; Hiltbrandt E; Hinson W; Karstaedt N; Santago P; Sobol WT; Crouse JR
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  • 893
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  • 902
  • Volume

  • 14
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  • 10