How Should Results of Nonsurgical Subcutaneous Fat Removal Be Assessed? Accuracy of B-Mode Ultrasound

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Abstract

Background:

Nonsurgical fat reduction has become extremely popular among patients; however, a reliable method of measuring its efficacy has not been established.

Methods:

Ultrasound measurement of human female abdominal subcutaneous fat thickness was carried out on five volunteers. Forty-seven measurements were performed using a GE Venue 40 diagnostic ultrasound device with a 12-MHz transducer. Transducer pressure measurements were recorded simultaneously according to the protocol described by Toomey et al..

Results:

Reproducible measurements of abdomen subcutaneous fat could be consistently achieved with a margin of error (95 percent CI) of ±0.558 mm.

Conclusions:

Using a protocol with a transducer pressure less than 1 N (Toomey protocol) allows accurate and reliable measurement of subcutaneous fat. The authors further conclude that such a protocol is practically reproducible in the clinical setting and should be the standard for evaluating the results of nonsurgical fat removal, particularly in the abdomen.

CLINICAL QUESTION/LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:

Diagnostic, IV.

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