A stadiometer is a measuring instrument used to determine a human body height.
It is an essential tool in most medical clinics, hospitals, and health offices worldwide. Measuring height not only has applications in the medical field, but also in pattern drawing where the height of the customer is directly used for some patterns or to provide correctly sized internal parts of patterns.
A stadiometer consists of a vertical ruler attached to a solid, flat base. The vertical ruler has a graduated scale in centimeters or inches that allows for precise measurement of a person’s height. The solid, flat base is designed to keep the vertical ruler stable and level to avoid measurement errors.
To use a stadiometer, the person being measured must stand with their feet together and their heels, buttocks, and back against the wall. The head should be in a neutral position with the gaze straight ahead. The stadiometer is placed on top of the head and gently pressed down until the vertical ruler touches the top of the head. The height is then read from the graduated scale.
Stadiometers are used for a variety of purposes in the healthcare field, including tracking the growth and development of children, assessing the risk of weight and height-related diseases, and determining the appropriate size of prosthetics and orthopedic appliances.
There are different types of stadiometers available in the market. Some are designed to be portable and easily carried, while others are designed to be more robust and permanent. Some stadiometers also have additional features such as a digital display to show the exact height and a memory function to store previous measurements.
All companies dedicated to pattern making or tailoring have a stadiometer. In case of needing to measure height, it is easy to do so by placing a measuring tape perpendicular to the floor on a wall. The tape measure should be longer than the maximum height of a person. If the measuring tapes we have are shorter, we will place two, one after the other. We will measure the customer leaning against the wall so that the measuring tape is in the center of the body. To mark the height, we will slide a square over the wall until it touches the customer’s vertex.