How does a 3D body scanner works?

The scanner uses structured white light during the survey (no laserlight!). By means of projectors different horizontal lines will be projected on the body during about 1,5 seconds. These patterns are captured by 4 camera’s. This is total harmless for the eyes and the body is not exposed to (harmfull) radiation. The software then calculates more than 180 body measurements in less than 30 seconds.

What is the dress code?

To be able to determine exact body measurements, you may wear only underwear in the scanner. It is also very important that this underwear fits closely to the body.

This is for men and boys: a close-fitting slip or boxer shorts. Certainly no loose boxer shorts! Swimsuit or adjoining swimming shorts is also possible.

For ladies and girls: a slip and bra (preferably no sports bra). A bikini is also possible, but a bathing suit is less suitable because it crushes the breasts rather than support, unless it's with braces.

The color of the undergarment may not be black. All other colors are good, especially pastels. The reason for this is that black absorbs the projected light instead of reflecting it. Consequently, erroneous results can come out of the scan.

Jewelry, watches, glasses, bracelets ... may also affect the scan results. It is better to remove these before getting into the scanner.

The neck and shoulders should be visible. Do you have long hair, they must be raised through a hairpin, hair band or elastic. A cap may also be useful for this purpose.

Standing up right or sitting ? Eyes open or closed ?

For the normal standing position, place your feet on the designated footprints. Stand upright and look straight ahead. Keep your arms slightly bent and make a fist. Make sure there is about 10 cm space between your thumb and your thigh where the thumbs are located closest to the body. You will be guided in this process by one of the employees if necessary to correct your posture. The calculation of body measurements is done according to the international standard ISO 8559.

It is also possible to carry out ergonomic measurements according to international standard ISO 7250. These wireless reference points (or landmarks) are mounted on the body at those points between which one wishes to measure. These measurements can be done in both standing and sitting position (depending on which measurement should be performed). The preparation for such a measurement takes somewhat longer compared to the regular floor measurement.

Besides the body scanner, we also have a hand scanner. Here only the hand and forearm should be cleared of bracelets, watches and heavy rings. This scan also lasts only 1,5 seconds.

The light flashes during the scans are totally harmless for the eyes. Nevertheless, we recommend people with epilepsy to close the eyes during the scan or, in the hand scanner, look the other way.


To minimize waiting times, we have 2 dressing rooms. You can use one of our dressing gowns to cover the short distance from the dressing room to the body scanner. In this way, everything keeps very discreetly and we can measure more than 25 people per hour. If everything goes smoothly, the entire procedure takes a person about 10 minutes.

We just ask to make sure that you wear the right undergarments. If this is not possible, no problem. We have enough underwear in different sizes which you can use during the scan. Hair clips, rubber bands, dressing gowns and similar are also available here.

What happens with my data?

Your data can, of course with your consent, be included in a database that is used for example to create the new body measurement tables for the Belgian clothing industry. Only your age and gender are linked to this data. Personal data such as name, address, telephone number and email address are not saved. Your information will only be used for scientific research and will never be disclosed to third parties for commercial purposes.

After the scan you get a printed document containing your 3D picture, and a list of about 15 different body measurements, such as chest circumference, waist circumference, hip circumference, leg length, arm length, girths of the biceps, wrist, thigh ... The key sizes you need to buy clothes you get on a handy card which you can keep in your wallet.