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Abstract #4970

Comparison of Measurement of Abdominal Visceral Adipose Tissue in Men and Women by MRI vs. DXA

Cherie R Shook1, Bret H Goodpaster1, and Heather H Cornnell1

1Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL, United States

Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) has been identified as a significant contributing factor to the metabolic complications of obesity and cardio-metabolic disease, thus its precise measurement is becoming more clinically relevant. Both MRI and DXA were used to measure different components of body composition including VAT, and these results were compared by gender. Both scan acquisitions took similar amounts of time, but DXA results were calculated automatically while MR data processing was completed offline, thus took more time. The results from this study indicate that DXA is a precise measure of only a portion of VAT while MRI can give a more accurate measurement of total VAT across the entire abdomen, potentially avoiding gender bias.

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