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The Liver Fat Fraction and Abdominal Subcutaneous and Visceral Fat Volume Distribution in Normal-Weight, Overweight, and Obese Children Using a New Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technique

Pirimoglu, Berhan, MD*; Sade, Recep, MD*; Islek, Ali, MD; Kantarci, Mecit, MD, PhD*

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: March/April 2019 - Volume 43 - Issue 2 - p 194–199
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0000000000000803
Abdominal Imaging
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Objectives The purpose of this study was to evaluate liver fat fraction and subcutaneous and visceral fat volumes using new magnetic resonance imaging in normal-weight, overweight, and obese children.

Methods Patients at below the 85th percentile of body mass index (BMI) z score (5/25 patients) were assigned to the normal-weight group; patients between 85th and 95th percentile of BMI z score (9/25 patients) were assigned to the overweight group, and patients above the 95th percentile of BMI z score (11/25 patients) were assigned to the obese group. Liver fat fraction and subcutaneous and visceral fat volumes were measured on 3-dimensional volume measurement workstation.

Results Liver fat fraction and subcutaneous fat volume had weak correlation (r = 0.18, P = 0.411). Liver fat fraction and visceral fat volume revealed weak correlation (r = 0.25, P = 0.672); visceral and subcutaneous fat volume demonstrated strong correlation (r = 0.67, P = 0.047).

Conclusions There is strong correlation between subcutaneous fat volume and visceral fat volume in overweight and obese children.

From the Departments of *Radiology and

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Medical Faculty, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey.

Received for publication July 16, 2018; accepted August 27, 2018.

Correspondence to: Berhan Pirimoglu, MD, Ataturk University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Ataturk University Street, 25040, Erzurum, Turkey (e-mail: berhan.dr@gmail.com).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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