This study evaluated the accuracy with which the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometer (Hologic QDR 4500A) measured fat-free mass (FFM), fat mass (FM), and hydration of FFM. In a study of 58 men and women (ages 70-79 yr), the QDR 4500A was found to provide a systematically higher estimate of FFM and lower estimate of FM than a four-component model of body composition. A correction factor from this study was developed and applied to two other samples (n = 13 and 37). We found mean corrected levels of FFM and FM to be equivalent to that obtained by the four-component model or total body water. In addition, the hydration of the corrected FFM was closer to the established hydration level in adult samples and that obtained from the four-component model. These findings suggest that the current calibration of the fan-beam system of the Hologic QDR 4500A provides an overestimate of FFM and underestimate of FM compared with reference methods.
- Body composition
- Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometer
- Four-component model of body composition
- Hydration of fat-free mass
- Total body water
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physiology (medical)