Assessing beef carcass tissue weights using computed tomography spirals of primal cuts

E A Navajas, C A Glasbey, A V Fisher, D W Ross, J J Hyslop, R I Richardson, G Simm, R Roehe

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Abstract / Description of output

More than 800 beef primal cuts from 44 Aberdeen Angus and Limousin-cross steers carcasses were scanned using spiral computed tomography (CT) and dissected. Thresholds for the segmentation of fat, muscle and bone in the CT spirals were estimated with the objective of assessing the weight of these tissues in the primal cuts and in the entire carcasses. Thresholds were estimated using half of the dataset (DBE) and then validated in the other half (DBV). Automatic image analysis procedures were used to assess tissue weights. The R(2) of the regression between primal tissue weight by dissection and CT were high in both datasets for fat (DBE, 0.89; DBV, 0.92), muscle (DBE, 0.99; DBV, 0.99) and bone (DBE, 0.95; DBV, 0.97). The estimation of total carcass tissue weights were also very accurate for the three tissues (R(2) values of 0.95 to 0.96), indicating that CT scanning may deliver very accurate information on beef carcass composition faster and with lower cost than physical dissection and without damaging or depreciating the primal joints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-8
Number of pages9
JournalMeat Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Adipose Tissue, White
  • Animals
  • Body Composition
  • Body Weight
  • Bone and Bones
  • Cattle
  • Dissection
  • Food Technology
  • Male
  • Meat
  • Meat-Packing Industry
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Organ Size
  • Organ Specificity
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Species Specificity
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed


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