DEXA BODY COMPOSITION SCAN

DEXA Body Scans

DEXA x-ray technology is the gold standard in body composition measurement. It is the only technology to precisely track changes in bone density, muscle mass, and body fat. A DEXA scan generates a very detailed report so accurate information can be used to generate individualized training programs. A DEXA report and information from the scan is so detailed it would be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about their health. 

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What is a DEXA Body Composition Scan?

A DEXA scan precisely measures muscle mass, body fat and bone density. DEXA is considered the most accurate test available for body composition analysis. A DEXA scan also provides measurements of visceral fat (how much fat an individual carry around their organs), a good indicator for health and the risk of chronic disease. The results from a DEXA scan can be used to track changes fat and muscle with diet and exercise interventions. The results can be used as a precise guide to show if you are achieved the desired results you are trying to attain. 

DEXA Body Composition Scan Helps you discover:

  • If you're are losing fat or gaining muscles

  • How many calories your body needs

  • Monitor changes in regional body composition

  • Where you specifically store fat

  • If dangerous visceral fat is hiding around your organs

  • Your bone density

  • If you’re benefiting from your current diet or fitness plan

  • Track changes in muscle mass and body fat

  • Monitor dangerous fat stored around the organs

  • Get a baseline before starting a new diet/exercise program

  • Find out your recommended caloric intake

  • Get your complete body composition report

 

How does it work?

The scanner passes a small X-ray beams through the body. The rays are absorbed or pass through the body in known quantities. Different amount of the first beam will be absorbed by fat, muscle and bone. The DEXA machine's sensor can then determine the exact amount of fat, muscle and bone in each part of the body.

X-rays? 

The amount of radiation from a DEXA scan is roughly equivalent to 2-3 day’s worth of typical exposure during daily living. 

Intro to DEXA

What do you get?

After the scan, you will be provided with a multi-page report and will be walked through some of the key points. Your technician can then provide some advise to you in order to work out an ideal training and nutrition plan.

What’s the procedure?

A body composition assessment involves lying down for 7 minutes. No metal should be worn so jewelry/watches or anything with metal in it should be removed. It is recommended that a sports bra is worn and to avoid wearing a bra with underwires/metal clips. During the scan, the measuring arm will pass over your body in seven sweeps; gradually building a picture of you. It is important that you are very still while the scan is happening to ensure the best quality image. 

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Bone Density

How much does a DEXA body scan cost?

DEXA Body
Composition Scan

$100

  • 20 minute appointment

  • Track changes in muscle mass and body fat

  • Monitor dangerous fat stored around the organs

  • Get a baseline before starting a new diet/exercise program

  • Find out your recommended calorie intake

  • A complete body composition report emailed to you

  • A detailed discussion of results

  • Calculation of resting metabolic rate

  • Implementing of a training program based on the results

Bone Density Scan

$100

  • 20 minute appointment

  • Find out your risk of fracturing a bone

  • Monitor Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

  • Discussion of results

  • Implementing a program based on the results

Bone Density and Body Composition Combo

$150

  • 30 minute appointment

  • A detailed discussion of results

  • Calculation of resting metabolic rate

  • Implementing of a training program based on the results

Body Composition Scan (Scan/Consult) Bundle

$150

  • 40 minute appointments

  • Discussion of results

  • Get your complete body composition report emailed to you

  • Track changes in muscle mass and body fat

  • Monitor dangerous fat stored around the organs

  • Get a baseline before starting a new diet/exercise program

  • Find out your recommended calorie intake

  • Discussion of results

  • Calculation of resting metabolic rate

  • Implementing of a training program based on the results

Other Frequently Asked Questions about DEXA

What do I wear for the Body Scan?

Clothes without metal attachments

Can I have a DEXA scan with a Pacemaker or metal implants?

In short, yes. Metal will show up as dense bone on your scan. It will not influence muscle mass or body fat % data. 

How frequently can I have a scan?

The optimum period for most people investigating body composition is 12 weeks. The optimum  period for bone density measurements in 12 months.