Comparison of Body Scanner and Manual Anthropometric Measurements of Body Shape: A Systematic Review

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Title: Comparison of Body Scanner and Manual Anthropometric Measurements of Body Shape: A Systematic Review
Authors: Rumbo-Rodríguez, Lorena | Sanchez-SanSegundo, Miriam | Ferrer-Cascales, Rosario | García-D’Urso, Nahuel | Hurtado-Sánchez, José Antonio | Zaragoza Martí, Ana
Research Group/s: Psicología Aplicada a la Salud y Comportamiento Humano (PSYBHE) | Grupo de Investigación en Alimentación y Nutrición (ALINUT) | Informática Industrial y Redes de Computadores
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología de la Salud | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Tecnología Informática y Computación | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Keywords: Whole-body imaging | Body scanner | Anthropometry | Waist circumference | Reliability | Validity
Knowledge Area: Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico | Enfermería
Issue Date: 8-Jun-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Rumbo-Rodríguez L, Sánchez-SanSegundo M, Ferrer-Cascales R, García-D’Urso N, Hurtado-Sánchez JA, Zaragoza-Martí A. Comparison of Body Scanner and Manual Anthropometric Measurements of Body Shape: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6213.
Abstract: Anthropometrics are a set of direct quantitative measurements of the human body’s external dimensions, which can be used as indirect measures of body composition. Due to a number of limitations of conventional manual techniques for the collection of body measurements, advanced systems using three-dimensional (3D) scanners are currently being employed, despite being a relatively new technique. A systematic review was carried out using Pubmed, Medline and the Cochrane Library to assess whether 3D scanners offer reproducible, reliable and accurate data with respect to anthropometrics. Although significant differences were found, 3D measurements correlated strongly with measurements made by conventional anthropometry, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and air displacement plethysmography (ADP), among others. In most studies (61.1%), 3D scanners were more accurate than these other techniques; in fact, these scanners presented excellent accuracy or reliability. 3D scanners allow automated, quick and easy measurements of different body tissues. Moreover, they seem to provide reproducible, reliable and accurate data that correlate well with the other techniques used.
Sponsor: TIN2017-89069-R funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18126213
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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