This calculator measures the total surface area of the body to determine the dosage of drugs or the amount of fluids. This measurement is used for medicinal purposes only.
What Is Body Surface Area?
It is the calculated surface area of the body. It is often clinically determined to measure the metabolic mass of the body and is less likely to be affected by fat mass. BSA measurement is important to measure cardiac index (relates heart performance to body size of the individual).
How To Calculate Body Surface Area?
BSA depends on the height and weight of an individual.
BSA = 0.016667 × W0.5 × H0.5
Where W is the weight of a person in kg/lbs, and H is the height of a person in cm/inch.
If you want to know the standard range of BSA, click here.
BSA is calculated for clinical purposes to determine the following:
- Cardiac Index: BSA determines the functioning of the heart based on body size.
- Renal Clearance Rate : BSA is required to determine glomerular filtration rate.
- The dose of chemotherapy is often determined by BSA value