Measurement protocol of women's nude breasts using a 3D scanning technique

Hyun Young Lee, Kyunghi Hong, Eun Ae Kim

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It has been difficult to obtain accurate surface data for women's breasts, since the borderline of the breast is ambiguous at the skin surface. In this paper, we scanned 37 women's nude breasts using 3D phase shifting moiré and explored a measurement protocol to get a reliable boundary of the breast and thereby provided new shape parameters for breasts. The folding line method was useful for finding a continuous and natural boundary for the breasts, so that the breasts base and volume could be measured more accurately. The global average radius of the curvature of the bottom breast line was suggested as a useful shape parameter for the design of a comfortable and form-fitting brassiere, especially for those who have a skewed bottom breast curve. It is also expected that data on breast volume based on natural anatomy would be a useful reference for surgical operation on the breast.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-359
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper was supported by Korea Research Foundation (KRF-2000-042-D00129).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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