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Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 1998 Sep;1(5):439-48.

Techniques used in measuring human body composition.

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  • 1Obesity Research Centre, Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, USA.


Remarkable progress is evident in the field of body composition research. This review summarizes main body composition research concepts, examines new component measurement methodologies and identifies potential areas for future research. As the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is now gaining acceptance, both clinically and in the research laboratory, as a useful body composition method, particular emphasis is placed on this important approach.

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