3D Body Scanning

3D Body Scanning

3D Body Scanning

Today anthropometry can be performed with three-dimensional body scanners. 

Once a scan is taken (a 40-second process), the scan data is used to generate measurements, along with a three-dimensional view of the body. 

The output of whole body scanners is a cloud of points, which are typically converted into a triangulated mesh. This step is used to support the 3D visualization of the surface and the extraction of meaningful anthropometric landmarks and measurements.

Surface-Based Body Shape Index

The Surface-based Body Shape Index (SBSI) was proposed by West Virginia University computer scientists Syed Ashiqur Rahman and Donald Adjeroh as an alternative to BMI.

The study examined data on 11,808 subjects from the National Health and Human Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) 1999–2004.

The study concluded that SBSI outperformed BMI, waist circumference, and A Body Shape Index (ABSI) as a predictor of all-cause mortality. 

However, the study did not specify the recommended healthy ranges for SBSI.

Body Scanning

Today anthropometry can be performed with three-dimensional body scanners. 

Once a scan is taken (a 40-second process), the scan data is used to generate measurements, along with a three-dimensional view of the body. 

The output of whole body scanners is a cloud of points, which are typically converted into a triangulated mesh. This step is used to support the 3D visualization of the surface and the extraction of meaningful anthropometric landmarks and measurements.