Body Composition Assessment by Computed Tomography (CT)

The next course is opening Monday 2nd September 2024

The combination of involuntary weight loss and skeletal muscle depletion is a demonstrated poor prognostic factor for patients with cancer, independent of BMI. Evaluation of tissue density data from axial CT images is an international gold standard method for body composition analysis, to identify skeletal muscle depletion at the tissue level. Developed by international experts, this self-paced online course provides training and certification in this method.

A major focus of the course is the identification of anatomical structures and landmarks to ensure that images are correctly identified for assessment, and completion of a precision assessment to ensure learners can accurately and reliably assess CT images.

After completing a range of activities including lectures of theoretical content, practical demonstrations of CT analysis techniques, problem solving strategies, virtual practice and a live Q&A session, participants will:

  • Be able to identify anatomical structures, gross anatomy and landmarks correctly for the purpose of body composition analysis by CT Recognise limitations regarding inter- and intra-muscular adipose tissue quantification
  • Be able to explain the role of muscle status evaluation by CT in the assessment of malnutrition and sarcopenia
  • Be able to identify vertebral landmarks visible in various clinical imaging series (head and neck, abdominal, pelvic) including the third lumbar vertebral landmark used for body composition analysis by CT
  • Demonstrate precision through analysis of a series of images (both inter- and intra-reliability), which is acceptable for practical applications
  • Receive certification of successful completion

The course will be of interest to a range of multidisciplinary oncology clinicians and researchers with an interest in sarcopenia, malnutrition, muscle metabolism, cancer cachexia or factors that impact outcomes including dose-limiting cancer treatment toxicities

Participants will have the opportunity to meet the course facilitators and ask questions of the expert faculty:

  • Professor Vickie Baracos, University of Alberta
  • Professor Judy Bauer, Monash University
  • Dr Lisa Martin, Alberta Health Services
  • Associate Clinical Professor Merran Findlay, University of New South Wales
  • Abha Dunichand-Hoedl, University of Alberta
  • Dr Lauren Hanna, Monash University

Access to TomoVision 'sliceOmatic' software. Full licenses and evaluation licenses available for purchase at: sliceOmatic - TOMOVISION

  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Reliable internet connection

Body Composition Assessment by Computed Tomography (CT)

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Contact NameDr Lauren Hanna
Contact Phone+61 3 9902 4270
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