DEXA (Body Composition)

Introduction

If you’re serious about your fitness or weight-loss program, you need to have a DEXA body composition scan to assess and show the distribution of your body fat.  Along with advice from your personal trainer, dietitian or exercise physiologist, a DEXA body composition scan will provide you with the information you need to help you achieve your goals.

Get accurate measurements

DEXA is significantly more accurate than Bod Pod, bioelectrical impedance, hydrostatic weighing and skin-fold (callipers) measurements, routinely used in pharmacies and gymnasiums. A DEXA scan is a form of x-ray and it uses a very small amount of radiation.  You will need a referral from your GP to have this scan performed.

Get expert advice and make more effective decisions

With a DEXA Full Body Composition Scan, you’ll know when your program is working and when it’s not. You’ll be able to make more effective diet and training program decisions, just like athletes do, with truly accurate scientific data.

Know your body profile

Our State-of-the-Art DEXA whole body scanning system accurately measures lean muscle, fat and bone mass for the whole body and individual regions. Compare the images and information below to see how the body composition scan can give you vital information to better understand your body profile.

Procedure

Patients are asked to arrive at the clinic 10 minutes before their scheduled appointment time to complete a medical questionnaire. You will be required to remove your clothing and put on a gown before the examination commences as any metal objects such as zippers, belt buckles, bra wires and hooks will interfere with the x-ray images resulting in an invalid result. Your weight and height will be recorded before you are positioned lying down on the examination table. The scan is quick and painless.

Are there any side effects?

DEXA scans are safe. During your examination you will be exposed to a very small amount of radiation which is the equivalent of 2-4 days of radiation you receive normally (background radiation).

How long will the examination take?

The whole examination takes about 20 minutes.

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