Dilution Techniques

Since fat is relatively anhydrous, the body's water is found primarily in the body's FFM compartment where approximately 73% of a healthy non-obese adults FFM compartment is water. The body's water pool can be measured using tracers which after administration, dilute throughout the body.

Basic assumptions involved with tracer dilution for body composition determination include equal distribution though out the pool of interest and dilution is complete within a specific period of time without any loss. Examples of commonly used tracers include deuterium oxide for total body water and sodium bromide for extracellular water.

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