Prediction of Body Surface Area Based on 3-Dimensional Laser Scans
Annual rept. 1 Mar 2003-28 Feb 2004
TRUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION SAN ANTONIO TX
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Treatment of many military-relevant diseases depends on knowledge of body surface area BSA. BSA is typically estimated using predictive formulae that were developed using a variety of measurement techniques. These techniques range from applying paper to the surface of the body and measuring the contact area to measuring the reflectance area of the skin with bright light. More recently, a technology, the 3-D laser scanner, has been developed which allows precise measurement of BSA. The objectives of this study are to accomplish the following 1 collect measurements of BSA from whole-body laser scans, 2 determine the accuracy of currently used BSA estimation formulae based on stature and weight, 3 determine the impact of additional body dimensions on the accuracy of BSA estimation, 4 determine the reliability of BSA prediction from laser scans, 5 determine differences between two scanner types, and 6 develop new models that include use of body circumferences and segment lengths as predictor variables. After 14 months of effort, all contracts were let, and an international assurance was obtained. The data for this study have been collected and analysis is due to begin soon. The study should be completed by March 2005.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
- Lasers and Masers