Firstly, I am not fully understanding what you are trying to say. Have you looked at your end result PDF in acrobat reader and checked the properties to see if these fields are populated?
Secondly, the coded you added to find out the sizes is working for you. You need to divide the sizes by 72 (72 points = 1 inch) to convert the value to inches.
So 612 / 72 = 8.5 and 792 / 72 = 11.
Hope this helps.
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