Application of the Non-Invasive FT-NIR Spectroscopy Method to Determine the Body Fat Content in Humans

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April 2014

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Application of the non-invasive FT-NIR spectroscopy method to determine the body fat content in humans


Hormoz Azizian, John K.G.Kramer, Andrea R Josse


Lipid Technology


The application of Near Infrared Spectroscopy for the determination of body fat content is a fairly new technique. Its accuracy was demonstrated to be similar to that of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). However, compared to MRI and DXA, there are numerous advantages associated with FT-NIR such as speed of measurement, portability, cost, availability, and accuracy. These advantages make this technique a desirable tool for use in various nutritional, fitness, research and medical settings. This is particularly true given the negative health impact of overweight and obesity.

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