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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8796069, 12 pages
Research Article

Novel and Simple Ultrasonographic Methods for Estimating the Abdominal Visceral Fat Area

1Department of Gastroenterology, Saitama Medical Center, Jichi Medical University, Saitama, Japan
2Translational Systems Biology and Medicine Initiative (TSBMI), University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
3Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
4Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
5Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Tokyo, Japan
6Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
7Department of Gastroenterology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
8Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
9Institute of Rural Medicine, Hiraka General Hospital, Yokote, Akita, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Naoto Kubota; and Takashi Kadowaki;

Received 16 December 2016; Revised 18 March 2017; Accepted 9 April 2017; Published 22 August 2017

Academic Editor: Mario Maggi

Copyright © 2017 Takeharu Asano et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Supplementary Material

Supplementary Figure: We designed a belt-shaped ultrasound probe-compatible device for the triangle method. The belt-shaped device has three holes, a center basal point and each 5 cm distant right and left side, for applying US probe. The angles between the line from the aorta to the basal point and the lines from the aorta to the bilateral holes were each 40° in unbent situation.

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