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ISRN Obesity
Volume 2013, Article ID 462394, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Body Fat Mass Assessment: A Comparison between an Ultrasound-Based Device and a Discovery A Model of DXA

1Department of Human Evolution, French National Center for Scientific Research, UPR 2147-CNRS, 44 Amiral Mouchez Street, 75014 Paris, France
2Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Campi Road 287, 41100 Modena, Italy

Received 18 December 2012; Accepted 25 January 2013

Academic Editors: G. González-Cuevas, D. Micic, and R. Tungtrongchitr

Copyright © 2013 Jean-Claude Pineau 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.


Objective. To examine measurement of body composition by ultrasound compared with a reference technique:dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). We evaluated the accuracy of a portable ultrasound-based device in estimating total body fat mass with those assessed by DXA in adult. Methods. Body fat mass has been estimated using a portable ultrasound-based device in comparison with a contemporary reference DXA apparatus: the Hologic Discovery A. Anthropometric data has been assessed in order to maximize the output of the software associated with the ultrasound-based device. A cross-validation between ultrasound technique (US) and DXA was developed in this study. Total body fat mass estimated by ultrasound was compared with this DXA model in a sample of 83 women and 41 men. Results. Ultrasound technique (US) of body fat (BF) was better correlated with DXA in both women (, ) and men (, ) with standard errors of estimates (SEE) being 2.1 kg and 2.2 kg, respectively. Conclusion. The use of a portable device based on a US produced a very accurate BF estimate in relation to DXA reference technique. As DXA absorptiometry techniques are not interchangeable, the use of our ultrasound-based device needs to be recalibrated on a more contemporary DXA.