Shape Up Kids Study

Study Type


Study Purpose

The Shape Up Kids 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, that use light waves to evaluate body shape, can provide useful 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.

Participants will visit the Pennington Biomedical clinic for one visit. They will undergo multiple imaging scans and engage in a strength test. Participants will answer a questionnaire to complete the study visit.

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)
  • MRI Scan
  • Ultrasound (to measure muscle and body fat)
  • Strength/Exercise testing
  • Blood Test

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 5 to 17 years of age
  • 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 4.5 hours.


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

Study Contact

Parents: To see if your 5-17 year old qualifies for this research study, you or a guardian must complete the online screening form below on his or her behalf. You may also call 225-763-3000 or e-mail

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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