The first step in any clinical intervention against obesity involves sustained lifestyle
changes. Researcher can use these strategies to beneficial the effects of weight and on
cardiovascular risk. The researcher develope methods for assessing the effectiveness use
optical technology to make such assessments, specifically in the area of fatty tissue can
predict the effectiveness of the intervention in causing weight reduction and treating
Optical technologies under development at the Beckman Laser Institute.
Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy Imaging is a method for studying absorption and scattering
(optical properties) of tissue in humans. It is related to near-infrared spectroscopy , but
allows for more quantitative and thorough measurements. The researcher use Diffuse Optical
Spectroscopy to measure fatty tissue, water, blood concentration level during weight loss
program to determine the effect of sustained changes in weight or relapses.
- Body Mass Index greater than 25, overweight
- Participation in Weight Loss program
- A medical history of myocardial infarction or cerebrovascular stroke
- Pregnancy or planned pregnancy during the course of the study period