Measurement of breast volume in females: Description of a reliable method

B. N. Campaigne, V. L. Katch, P. Freedson, S. Sady, F. I. Katch

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Breast volume measurements were made on 47 adult subjects using a casting method. After drying, fast-setting plaster casts were filled with sand of known density to a level approximating the curvature of the chest wall. The reliability of both sand filling and casting proved to be high, r = 0·97, and r = 0·99, respectively. The total variable error was 10·2%. The effects of position (standing versus lying) was investigated in a separate sample of 15 subjects. No significant difference (P > 0·05) was found between methods. The relationship between breast volume, girths, skinfolds, and body density was reported to be low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-367
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Human Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Aging
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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