Summary of Research
3D laser-based photonic full body scans create a detailed surface image of the human body consisting of up to 300 data points per cm3 within 10-12 seconds. The technique provides automatic information on a number of whole body or body-part circumferences, surfaces and volumes as well as body height and weight in a fast, non-invasive and comfortable way for patients. We are working on the following questions: What can we learn from the 3D point cloud as a whole to predict body composition and thus disease risk? Are there systematic differences compared to manual anthropometry? Which is the best way to compare follow-up scans from an individual over time? The medium-termed goal is to use 3D scans as a valuable asset in running or future panel/cohort studies and to enhance basic knowledge about the technique before smart phones will be able to take 3D full body scans in the near future.
Selected Published Articles
Koepke, Nikola; Zwahlen, Marcel; Wells, Jonathan C; Bender, Nicole; Henneberg, Maciej; Rühli, Frank J; Staub, Kaspar (2017). Comparison of 3D laser-based photonic scans and manual anthropometric measurements of body size and shape in a validation study of 123 young Swiss men. PeerJ, 5:e2980.
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