The use of technology for estimating body composition: Strengths and weaknesses of common modalities in a clinical setting

Identification: NCP170201
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 02/28/2018
  • 1.00 - Dietitian
  • 1.00 - Nurse
  • 1.00 - Pharmacist
  • 1.00 - Physician
  • 1.00 - Other


Release Date: February 1, 2017

Expiration Date (all CE credit must be claimed by the expiration date): February 28, 2018

Issue: 1

Volume: 32

Journal:  Nutrition in Clinical Practice (NCP)

Author (s):

Levi Teigen, RD, LD, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Food Science and Nutrition, Human Nutrition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Adam Kuchnia, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, Food Science and Nutrition, Human Nutrition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Marina Mourtzakis, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Carrie Earthman PhD, RD, LD, Professor of Nutrition, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Format: Online as PDF or hard copy of journal

Link to article:  Link


Journal-based CE Activity Overall Goal:

The NCP Editor, in concurrence with ASPEN’s Education and Professional Development Committee, selected this article to be offered for CE credit to fill an observed learning need in the arena of clinical nutrition and metabolism.  This CE activity serves to promote the process of life-long learning for physicians, dietitians, pharmacists, and nurses by providing peer-reviewed journal articles that fully qualify for continuing education credits.

Goal and Target Audience:

This educational activity is directed toward clinical nutrition and metabolism professionals and others who wish to update their knowledge of clinical nutrition and metabolism. By participating in this educational activity, the reader may expect to:

  • Acquire knowledge in the area of clinical nutrition and metabolism research
  • Update or confirm your understanding of appropriate clinical nutrition and metabolism practices.
  • Identify further learning needs as they relate to the subject matter.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Interpret computed tomography (CT) obtained estimates of body composition in a clinical setting
  2. Interpret dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) obtained estimates of body composition in a clinical setting
  3. Interpret bioimpedance obtained estimates of body composition in a clinical setting
  4. Interpret ultrasound obtained estimates of body composition in a clinical setting
  5. Identify opportunities to incorporate estimates of body composition, obtained with clinically available technologies, into nutrition assessment and monitoring in the clinical setting.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
To obtain CE credit for this activity, attendees must read the journal article in its entirety, complete an online knowledge assessment for each article and achieve a score of 100%, and complete an online activity evaluation. All CE credit must be claimed prior to the expiration date.    

Accreditation Statements/Continuing Education Credit:

Nurses, Pharmacists and Physicians

In support of improving patient care, The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity is for a maximum of 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) per journal article and is a knowledge activity. 

ASPEN designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM per article. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASPEN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP 3970.

ACPE UAN: 0216-0000-17-061-H04-P.  Knowledge activity. 


ASPEN, Provider Number AM005, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).   CDR level 2.  Dietitians may post comments on this program on


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Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship has been received for this continuing education activity.

Commercial Relationships Disclosures and Conflicts of Interest (COI) of Authors and Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors

The following authors have nothing to disclose as related to the content of the article: Levi Teigen, Adam Kuchnia, and Marina Mourtzakis.

Carrie Earthman has served as PI on research supported by ImpediMed, Inc and received loaner bioimpedance device from ImpediMed.

NCP Associate Editors, Elizabeth Krzywda, Mary Marian, Gerard Mullin, and Jayshil Patel have nothing to disclose.

Ryan Hurt has served in a consultant role for Nestlé Nutrition and has received honorarium.

NCP Editor-in-Chief Jeanette Hasse has nothing to disclose.

No conflicts related to disclosure information present and subsequently no need for resolution. Standard journal peer review process also in place as another layer of review to ensure no conflicts to resolve.

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Credits: None available.