My Body Composition Test

Get a complete body composition test for $200.

Total body scans with DXA provide accurate and precise measurements of total body and regional bone mineral density and body composition, including bone mineral content, lean tissue mass, fat tissue mass, and percentage fat.

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Who can benefit from a body composition scan?

Most people are used to stepping on a scale at every visit to a doctor’s office, but monitoring weight alone, while helpful, is at best a crude and an imprecise way to assess their health. Today’s body composition measurement tools provide far more complete and precise information.

People that can benefit from body composition scanning:

  • Obesity and weight management
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Diet and exercise regimens
  • Sports
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Cystic fibrosis

How does body composition work?

The DXA bone densitometer uses small amounts of X-ray to produce the total body image. The X-ray is composed of two energy levels that are absorbed differently by bone, lean and fat tissues. These differences in absorption are used to determine bone mineral density (BMD) and body composition values. A computer software application assists in determining the amount of bone, lean and fat tissues across the whole body and in specific regions.

The DXA bone densitometer examination table is padded and comfortable.

  1. Your name, age, height, weight and ethnicity are entered into the computer before your exam. This information is used to compare your results to a normal reference group.
  2. You are then asked to lie on your back and remain in your normal clothing, in most cases. Belt buckles, metal or thick plastic buttons and metal jewellery need to be removed from
    the region being examined.
  3. The operator positions your arms and legs.
  4. During the exam, which is painless and typically takes less than 10 minutes, you lie still and breath normally.

Why use DXA to calculate your body composition?

Body composition measurements with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) can, with accuracy and precision, look beyond weight and traditional body mass index (BMI) to determine and monitor distribution of body fat, bone, and lean muscle mass. Body composition DXA exams can provide useful regional and total body information to healthcare professionals in their management of conditions where the condition itself, or its treatment, can affect the relative amounts of fat and lean tissue.

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Helping you answer questions regarding your DEXA Body Composition exams and results.

Your body composition results

Your total body composition is calculated for various regions (arms, legs, trunk, total). Results are displayed for percent body fat, fat mass, and lean muscle mass. Your bone mineral density (BMD) may also be calculated, providing additional information about your bone health. Over time, these results can be monitored to better understand how changes in diet, lifestyle, exercise, or other interventions are influencing your body composition.

How do I get my report?

A copy of the report will be given to you after the scan. Digital copies of all studies are stored on our secured database for comparison with any future examinations.

Before your DXA scan

You may be asked to change into a gown or remove metallic objects from your body, such as jewellery, zippers, buttons or pins to avoid interference with your scan.  If you are pregnant, or if there is any chance you may be pregnant, a DEXA scan is not suitable for you. Please discuss other options with your referring doctor.

How long will it take?

Your appointment will take approximately 15–20 minutes.  You will not need to hold your breath, but you must lie still during the scan to avoid blurring of your image.

What preparation is required?

No food or drink 2 hours prior to the scan. Please empty your bladder on arrival.

Are there any side effects or risks of a DXA scan?

There are no side effects from this exam. A DEXA uses a very small amount of ionising radiation, but is a significantly lower dose than a normal x-ray, which means the radiographer will be able to stay in the room with you during your scan.

What can I expect from a DXA Body Composition scan?

After having a DEXA body composition can, you are given a report which breaks down where your lean tissues and fatty tissues are located within your body.

How often can I have one?

A DEXA is best used as a progress tool to track your muscle gains and weight loss. We recommend having a DEXA once before (or at the start of) an exercise regime and once every six months so that you can quantify your progress.

What is DEXA Body Composition?

DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorbimetry. It uses low-energy dual-energy x-rays which are absorbed by your body tissue in different proportions depending on what they are made of. By doing this we can calculate what percentage of muscle and body fat you have, and where it is located.

What do we need to know at the time of booking?

Please inform booking staff or the radiographer of any recent imaging appointments involving barium, the injection of contrast material for a CT scan or a radioisotope injection. If you are pregnant, or if there is any chance you may be pregnant, a DEXA scan is not suitable for you.

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