Shape Up Adults Study

Study Type

General Health & Wellbeing

Study Purpose

The Shape Up Adults research study will explore new ways to use advanced 3D imaging systems. These medical imaging systems take a look inside areas of the human body hidden by our skin and bones. Researchers will test if new imaging machines, when combined with bone density and body fat measurements, can provide new and detailed information about cardiovascular (heart) disease and physical strength.

About the Study

Through the use of new advanced imaging equipment, researchers will study results from multiple systems and data collected from body measurements and exercise testing. They hope to determine if a combination of these tests could provide important information to better diagnose cardiovascular disease; a condition that involves narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to heart problems.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 study visit


  • Body measurements (height, weight, etc.)
  • 3D Imaging Scan (to measure body volume)
  • DXA Scan (to measure bone, muscle and body fat)
  • BIA Scan (to measure body fat)
  • BodPod Scan (to measure body fat)
  • Ultrasound (to measure muscle and body fat)
  • Strength/Exercise testing

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 18 to 80 years of age
  • Not be pregnant
  • Not have medical implants such as a pacemaker or metal joint replacement

Study Duration

The study includes one visit to Pennington Biomedical outpatient clinic lasting approximately 3-4 hours.


Participants will receive up to $50 upon completion of the study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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