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1 October 2009 Three-dimensional surface imaging system for assessing human obesity
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The increasing prevalence of obesity suggests a need to develop a convenient, reliable, and economical tool for assessment of this condition. Three-dimensional (3-D) body surface imaging has emerged as an exciting technology for the estimation of body composition. We present a new 3-D body imaging system, which is designed for enhanced portability, affordability, and functionality. In this system, stereo vision technology is used to satisfy the requirement for a simple hardware setup and fast image acquisition. The portability of the system is created via a two-stand configuration, and the accuracy of body volume measurements is improved by customizing stereo matching and surface reconstruction algorithms that target specific problems in 3-D body imaging. Body measurement functions dedicated to body composition assessment also are developed. The overall performance of the system is evaluated in human subjects by comparison to other conventional anthropometric methods, as well as air displacement plethysmography, for body fat assessment.
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Bugao Xu, Wurong Yu, Ming Yao, Margery Reese Pepper, and Jeanne H. Freeland-Graves "Three-dimensional surface imaging system for assessing human obesity," Optical Engineering 48(10), 107204 (1 October 2009).
Published: 1 October 2009

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