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[TC]2's 3-D Scanners Collect Data For BVI

[TC]2, Cary, N.C., reports Select Research Ltd., United Kingdom, is using [TC]2 3-D scanners and software to generate a Body Volume Index (BVI) for healthcare applications. The process involves measuring human body shape in 3-D to generate a BVI, which allows for calculation of weight and fat distribution. The current manual Body Mass Index (BMI) takes into account only height and weight.

Scanners embedded with BVI software will be sold to hospitals, walk-in centers and private surgeries to create a network of scanners. A BVI remote system will enable scanning in other non-hospital locations, and will have the potential to deliver data for collection globally on a scale similar to that now offered by BMI.

"The new BVI body shape reference model has the potential to modernize and improve data collection of measurements in healthcare and offers patients a better indicator of potential health risks in the future," said Mike Fralix, president and CEO, [TC]2.

July/August 2013