Methods for Human Dehydration Measurement

Florian Trenz, Robert Weigel, Amelie Hagelauer

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The aim of this article is to give a broad overview of current methods for the identification and quantification of the human dehydration level. Starting off from most common clinical setups, including vital parameters and general patients' appearance, more quantifiable results from chemical laboratory and electromagnetic measurement methods will be reviewed. Different analysis methods throughout the electromagnetic spectrum, ranging from direct current (DC) conductivity measurements up to neutron activation analysis (NAA), are discussed on the base of published results. Finally, promising technologies, which allow for an integration of a dehydration assessment system in a compact and portable way, will be spotted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • body composition
  • dehydration
  • hydration
  • measurement
  • physiology
  • total body water


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