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Post on 02-Feb-2016
DESCRIPTIONNo calipers, no scales! Information on body fat assessments using ultrasound technology.
Ultrasound-technology bodyfat assessmentS
How does it work? Ultrasound may sound intimidating, but if youve ever heard an echo youre a long way to understanding how this technology measures accurate fat-tissue thickness. Ultrasound waves
travel in tissue and then record strong reflections that occur at the boundary of different tissue types, for
example, fat-muscle and muscle-bone.
What are the advantages of Ultrasound testing over other methods?
The Ultrasound System has been found to be more accurate than skin fold calipers and Bio-electrical
impedance devices (such as electronic scales). Skin fold calipers require extensive user skill, and BIA
devices are sensitive to hydration, caffeine intake and exercise levels. Ultrasound technology is easy to
use, non-invasive, and the measurements are not affected by any of the above factors, therefore providing
Compared to Skinfold Calipers and Bathroom/electronic scales:
Calipers measure Skin folds, NOT Fat thickness. Skin fold thickness measurements can be 1.5 3 times the true fat thickness. Unfortunately the scale only gives us half the story. It tells us how much weight is
being measured but it does not tell us our health, body composition or progress in that single number.
Ultrasound-technology bodyfat testing is used by Elite Sporting Clubs such as: