Non-contact Measurement Using Ultrasonic Technology for Human Anthropometric: A Narrative Review

Tri Siswati *

Department of Nutrition, Politeknik Kesehatan Kemenkes Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Center of Excellence in Health Science and Research for Applied Technology Innovation in the Field of Public Health (PUI_Novakesmas), Politeknik Kesehatan Kemenkes Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Muhammad Primiaji Rialihanto

Department of Nutrition, Politeknik Kesehatan Kemenkes Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Center of Excellence in Health Science and Research for Applied Technology Innovation in the Field of Public Health (PUI_Novakesmas), Politeknik Kesehatan Kemenkes Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Bunga Astria Paramashanti

Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universitas Alma Ata, Yogyakarta-55183, Indonesia and Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, New South Wales-2006, Australia.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Introduction: Stunting is a public health priority in low- and middle-income countries. Thus, the validity and reliability of anthropometric measurement tools become critical for early stunting detection in children. 

Objective: This article aims to review the use of ultrasonic sensors in human anthropometric and body measurements.

Methods: We conducted a narrative review of articles regarding the ultrasonic sensor for measuring anthropometrics in the human body between 2016 and 2022. We focused particularly on the use of ultrasonic sensors in children’s anthropometrics, body size, and body measurements.

Results: According to the findings, the majority of non-contact measurements using ultrasonic sensors were applied to adults, though several studies also involved pregnant women to measure foetus size. These studies showed that ultrasonic sensors were beneficial as they served as accurate, reproducible, affordable, and easy-to-use tools.

Conclusion: Future studies are warranted to understand the significance of the non-contact measurements for children’s anthropometrics, especially for early stunting detection.

Keywords: Ultrasonic, anthropometry, review, body measurement

How to Cite

Siswati , T., Rialihanto , M. P., & Paramashanti , B. A. (2023). Non-contact Measurement Using Ultrasonic Technology for Human Anthropometric: A Narrative Review. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 29(7), 1–7.


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