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CHPS Nutrition Assessment Unit Services

Published on Jun 29, 2022 · Last Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago


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The Nutrition and Growth Lab offers the following services and tests.


  • Extensive Measurement Set or Abbreviated Measurement Set
  • Infant Extensive or Abbreviated Measures
  • Knee Height Measuring Device
  • Body Composition
  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis: Body Segments or Whole Body
  • PeaPod Infant Body Composition Analyzer
  • DXA Whole Body and Visceral Adipose Tissue

Body Composition

  • InBody BWA

Bone Assessments

  • DXA
  • Whole Body
  • AP Spine
  • Lateral
  • Hip, right or left
  • Forearm, right or left
  • Tibia
  • Distal Femur
  • IVA AP Spine
  • IVA Lateral
  • Whole Body Infant
  • Infant AP Spine
  • Peripheral QCT (pQCT): Radius and/or Tibia
  • High Resolution Peripheral QCT (HR-pQCT): Radius and/or Tibia

Energy Expenditure

  • Resting Energy Expenditure (REE)
  • Sleeping Energy Expenditure (SEE)

Muscle Strength

  • Dynamometer: Hand Grip
  • Biodex Knee Extension
  • Biodex Plantar/Dorsi Flextion (Ankle)
  • Force Plate
  • Tanner Stage

Start-up meetings

After a study has received both IRB and CHPS approval, investigators are asked to schedule a study start-up meeting with the Nutrition and Growth Lab (NGL) team. Contact Gail Jackson, Lead Tech (215-590-4159, to schedule the start-up meeting and discuss your protocol. We encourage the full study team and NGL team to attend.


Requests for appointments in NGL are made through the EPIC In-Basket system. Once the Nutrition Assessment Core confirms the appointment in EPIC, the visits can be scheduled in OnCore. Study Coordinators are expected escort study subjects to the NGL at the time of the appointment. Saturday appointments are offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month.