Studies of Soft Tissue Body Composition Using Single and Dual Photon Absorptiometry

  • Christian Hassager
  • Jan Pødenphant
  • Elsebeth Iversen
  • Claus Christiansen
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 55)


Both single and dual photon absorptiometry were originally designed to measure bone mineral content, but we have recently shown that these methods may also be used to estimate the body composition of soft tissue (Gotfredsen et al., 1986; Hassager et al., 1989 a, c, d). In the present report we shall summarize some of our studies of soft tissue body composition with photon absorptiometry under four headings: 1) The methods and their validation; 2) The effect of partial immobilization due to hemiplegia on local body composition; 3) The effect of estrogen/progestogen substitutional therapy on the body fat of postmenopausal women; and 4) The effect of the anabolic steroid nandrolone decanoate on the body composition of postmenopausal women.


Bone Mineral Content Lean Tissue Cyproterone Acetate Dual Photon Absorptiometry Estradiol Valerate 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Hassager
    • 1
  • Jan Pødenphant
    • 1
  • Elsebeth Iversen
    • 1
  • Claus Christiansen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Chemistry, Glostrup HospitalUniversity of CopenhagenGlostrupDenmark

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