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Volume Measurement of Various Tissues Using the Image J Software

Rha, Eun Young MD; Kim, Ji Min MD; Yoo, Gyeol MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000002022
Brief Clinical Studies

Various methods have been introduced to assess the tissue volume because volumetric evaluation is recognized as one of the most important steps in reconstructive surgery. Advanced volume measurement methods proposed recently use three-dimensional images. They are convenient but have drawbacks such as requiring expensive equipment and volume-analysis software. The authors devised a volume measurement method using the Image J software, which is in the public domain and does not require specific devices or software packages. The orbital and breast volumes were measured by our method using Image J data from facial computed tomography (CT) and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The authors obtained the final volume results, which were similar to the known volume values. The authors propose here a cost-effective, simple, and easily accessible volume measurement method using the Image J software.

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Yeoungdeungpo-Gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Gyeol Yoo, MD, PhD, Department of Plastic Surgery, Yeouido St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 10, 63 ro, Yeoungdeungpo-Gu, Seoul 150-713, Republic of Korea;. E-mail:

Received 29 December, 2014

Accepted 28 June, 2015

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2015 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.