DEXA SCAN: Body Fat, Muscle, and Bone Testing
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The DEXA Scan is the clinical gold standard for measuring fat, muscle, and bone density. Find nearby locations and pricing, to get you an on-the-spot assessment of your body composition.
A DEXA Scan (Dual-Enerxy X-ray Absorptiometry), uses two different types of waves that are reflected by lean muscle, and bone differently. The scanner uses this information to create a detailed map of your body and measure your body composition.
TREATMENTS FEATURED IN:
Lie down in the scanner for around 5 minutes while the scanner passes over your body taking measurements. Get results on the spot.
A DEXA SCAN is the GOLD STANDARD, most accurate method for determining body fat, lean muscle mass & bone density. It is significantly more precise than other body fat measurements. It is an excellent motivational tool because it will assess if you are losing the right type of weight, body fat, muscle mass, or both, unlike a traditional home scale which does not specify the type of weight you are losing.
Who should have a DEXA Scan?
Patients trying to optimize their metabolism by losing fat weight instead of muscle weight and athletes or avid exercisers who want to achieve a low ratio of fat to lean tissue mass. The DEXA Scan is also a great tool to help you keep track of your bone density to make sure you are not developing osteoporosis and keep track of your visceral fat, the bad fat surrounding your internal organs, to help reduce the risks of heart disease.
How do I prepare
- On the day of the exam, you may eat normally.
- Do not take calcium supplements at least 24 hours before your exam.
- Wear loose clothing. Avoid garments that have metal zippers, belts, or buttons.
- You may be asked to remove dental appliances, watches, jewelry, eyeglasses, metal objects, wallets, keys, or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
- It is important to inform your x-ray technologist if you recently had a barium examination or have been injected with a contrast material for a computed tomography (CT) scan or radioisotope scan. You may have to wait 10-14 days before having a DEXA.
- If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you cannot do the DEXA Scan to prevent the fetus from being exposed to radiation.
How often should I have a DEXA Scan
The DEXA SCAN lean muscle mass & bone density test can be performed every 3-4 months to determine how well your nutrition and exercise are working and/or how effective your EMSCULPT NEO® or EMTONE® treatments are. It is not recommended to have a DEXA scan more than three times a year.
Visit includes DEXA SCAN/Metabolism Testing results with an explanation will be emailed to you. If you are a six-week weight loss program, these tests will be done at the initial consultation and your dietitian nutritionist will explain your results to you.
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