A Body Composition DXA scan is a simple, 10-15 minute body fat test that takes a comprehensive snapshot of your exact breakdown of bone, fat tissue, and muscle mass. The DXA scan is the most accurate and precise body fat test available. DXA stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry.

At Life Medical Imaging, we will be offering Body Composition Examinations (Dexa Scan) using the latest dual energy low dose x-ray absorptiometry technology. These examinations provide precise data on soft tissue and bone composition, including bone-mineral density, lean and fat tissue mass and percentage fat.

Dexa Scan
  • Total body BMD

  • BMD for body parts (eg. leg, arm, trunk, spine, pelvis)

  • Body Composition (Dexa Scan)

  • Percentage fat – legs, arms, pelvis, trunk, total, with normal range for age graphs.

  • Percentage lean mass

  • Total body mass, fat tissue weight, lean tissue weight

  • BMI

  • Tissue fat/tissue lean percentages for body part eg. pelvis

  • Resting metabolic rate

  • Relative skeletal muscle index (relative muscle in the arms and legs)

  • Lean Mass balance (compares lean mass of the left and right sides of the body)

  • Data and population comparison graphs

  • Trend comparison graphs (if follow up studies are performed over time)

  • Colour coded body composition distribution maps

DEXA scans are usually outpatient procedures. There are not any special preparations needed, except to stop taking any calcium supplements for 24 hours before the test. Wear comfortable clothing. Depending on the body area being scanned, you may have to take off any clothes with metal fasteners, zippers, or hooks.

A Body Composition DXA scan is a simple, 10-15-minute body fat test that takes a comprehensive snapshot of your exact breakdown of bone, fat tissue, and muscle mass. The DXA scan is the most accurate and precise body fat test available. DXA stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry.

Before the bone density test begins, you will be asked to lie down on a table. A small X-ray will scan your lumbar spine and both hips. From the images the doctor will be able to evaluate body composition.

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