Tania Buehler1, Daniel GQ Chong1, Chris Boesch1
1Dept. of Clinical Research, University Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Whole body fat (WBF) and particularly visceral adipose tissue (VAT) are of paramount importance as cardiovascular risk factors related to the metabolic syndrome. At 3 Tesla MR systems an inherent inhomogeneity of the radiofrequency field in the abdominal region jeopardizes the estimation of VAT and WBF and make it necessary to find a more robust and accurate method to measure these volumes. This study suggests and tests a method that combines the strengths of three volume determination methods (threshold, planimetry, and point counting), which makes the determination of the fragmented VAT compartment feasible and quick.