Body Composition Scanning

A body composition scan gives you accurate measurements of muscle-mass and body-fat, enabling you to make informed changes to achieve your health goals and reduce your risk for chronic disease.

What is a DEXA Body Composition Scan?

Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan is considered one of the most accurate tests you can do to determine body fat and muscle distribution. Results can be used to track changes in weight, how much fat you are losing/gaining compared to total muscle mass, and how much visceral fat is carried around your organs (a good indicator for increased risk of chronic disease).

How does it work?

The DEXA Body Composition scanner uses two low dose x-ray beams at differing energy levels to create images of your whole body. Results go beyond a traditional body-mass-index (BMI) score and provide precise measurements of lean and fat tissue across the whole body, as well as measurements of dangerous visceral fat.

Who can get a Body Composition Scan?

Any adult looking to monitor their health, find out more about their bodies or who are at risk of chronic disease can get a Body Composition Scan. Body Composition Scans are particularly useful for athletes and fitness enthusiasts wanting an accurate baseline to begin a nutrition and exercise plan with.

Benefits of a DEXA Body Composition Scan

Measure total fat mass, lean-muscle mass & visceral fat.


Meaningful data to determine health risks.


Establish baseline data for a new exercise & nutrition program.

Track diet and exercise progress overtime.





Why DEXA?

The DEXA body composition scan is seen as the gold standard for determining measurements with a greater accuracy than other traditional methods for measuring body composition.

What to do with your body composition scan results?

Your body composition report will provide you and/or your health practitioner with the following measurements (accurate to one tenth of a gram):

  • Muscle – density, mass & area
  • Fat – density, mass & area
  • Fat %, lean % & bone %
  • Android/Gynoid ratio
  • Visceral fat
  • Fat mass index+
  • Lean mass index
  • Energy requirements (Basal Metabolic Rate)

FAQs

-Is a DEXA bone density scan safe?

A DEXA scan is considered very safe due to being the lowest dosage from of any type of x-ray procedure. The radiation exposure is 1/70th of the background radiation you receive in everyday life. 

- Who should get a Body Composition Scan?

Any adults interested in or affected by:

  • Progression of diet or exercise programs.
  • Weight management.
  • Athletes.
  • Anorexia Nervosa.
  • Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Chronic renal failure.
  • Risk of Chronic Disease/s.

-Can I have a DEXA scan if I am pregnant?

No.

- How much do body composition scans cost?

Please see our price-list here.

-How often should I have a body composition scan?

How often depends on your individual goals.

-Do I need a doctors referral?

No. You can self-refer – simply contact us or book online here.

- What do I need to wear for a DEXA scan?

It is best to wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing free from metal, buckles and zips (avoid jeans if possible); although suitable clothing/cover-ups can be provided on the day if necessary. You will need to remove any metal before having a scan done (excluding surgical metal screws etc that cannot be removed, in which case you can still get a scan).

- Do I get my results straight away?

Yes, a report will be given to you straight away which you can take home and/or share with your health practitioner.