The Visceral Fat Area (VFA) is measured on a transverse slice from a CT scan of the abdomen.

Analysis: transverse scan through the umbilicus


Fat recognition: attenuation from -50 to -150 Housefield units


visceral fat accumulation area =

= SUM(areas of fat in square cm within the abdomen)


The subcutaneous fat area can be measured in the same image.



• In Japan a high VFA is > 130 square cm in a male and > 90 square cm in a female.

• The area is not indexed

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