DEXA Body Composition Scan

DEXA Body Fat Analysis

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Your scale isn't giving you the

WHOLE PICTURE.

Body weight can change by the hour based on hydration level, salt intake, hormonal fluctuations, gut residue, etc., leaving you wildly frustrated as to why your fitness and nutrition program isn’t working if you are only using a scale to track changes in your body weight as a method for measuring progress.

If you're ready to experience the future of accuracy in body composition analysis, the DEXA Scan body composition analysis is just what the doctor ordered. Literally.

DEXA uses low energy, quantitative vs. diagnostic x-ray to measure the proportions of fat, muscle, and bone in the body, and is considered as the gold standard, most thoroughly and scientifically validated method for body fat measurement. This means we can go beyond simply measuring weight loss and start focusing on FAT loss.

*This is NOT a Clinical Bone Mineral Density Screening Exam of the Spine  & Hips. If your physician has given you a prescription specifically to evaluate your bone health, you need to search for a Diagnostic Imaging Center.

NO INSURANCE IS ACCEPTED AT OUR FACILITY.

How It Works

You will lay quietly on our DEXA Scan table for a 6-8 minute, head-to-toe, fully clothed, whole body low powered x-ray scan as the DEXA provides a  pixel-by-pixel picture of your body, using the most precise and reliable measurements on the market. Our advanced software analyzes your measurements and organizes your 50+ metrics into a personalized report.

DEXA is an acronym that stands for Dual (two) Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry.

In simple terms, this means that it uses two beams of varying intensity x-ray energy to scan your body and separate body tissues (muscle, fat, bone) in each area as it scans you from head to toe.

DEXA does have a weight limit of 350lbs. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to read DEXA Q&A for prep instructions.

What Information Will I Get From The DEXA Body Scan?

Total Body Fat

The DEXA Measures your total body fat percentage in all areas spanning from your head to your feet, separated by regions like: arms, legs, trunk, abdomen and hips. It includes subcutaneous fat (fat under your skin) and visceral fat (fat deep inside surrounding your vital organs in the abdomen.)

Visceral Fat (VAT)

VAT is the "invisible killer" to the naked eye because it cannot be seen from the outside of the body. Assessing your health risks associated with high levels of Visceral Fat is crucial to your health! The DEXA is the only body composition analysis method on the market that can accurately provide VAT (Visceral Adipose Tissue) readings.

Total Lean Mass

Are you symmetrical in lean mass composition in your arms and legs? DEXA Can tell you important differences between each side of your body so that you can achieve proper symmetry while training to prevent injury. The DEXA identifies the following in the total lean mass calculations: Skeletal Muscle, Blood, Water, Vital Organs/Organ contents.

Total Bone Mass

"I'm just big boned, that's why my weight is so high." Sorry, try again! Your bones only make up anywhere from 5lbs to 13lbs of your body weight. DEXA measures the total bone mass in your body in pounds so that you know exactly how much of your body weight is contributed to by your bones. DEXA also provides a total body bone density (strength) score, and this is NOT to be confused with a clinical bone density exam of the spine & hips. It cannot be used to determine any bone disease such as osteopenia, osteoporosis or fractures. You can use this total body bone density score to trend your bone health over time in combination with any changes in your fitness and nutrition routines.

Total Body Weight

DEXA does NOT use a scale to weigh you. Instead, it uses the x-ray beams to scan your body and separate the body tissue (muscle, fat, bone) in each area to provide your total weight in pounds.

You can compare the DEXA weight to your scale at home depending on the time of day you come in for your DEXA scans and how much you've had to eat or drink.

What You WON'T Get From A DEXA Body Scan

The DEXA Body Scan is a body fat screening ONLY. You WILL NOT receive the following from our DEXA Body Scan:

- A clinical diagnosis of any kind.

- A clinical assessment of Bone Density in the Spine or Hips.

(If your physician gave you a prescription for a Bone Density exam, this is NOT the same. NO insurance is accepted in our facilities. You need to google search for the nearest Diagnostic Imaging Center.)

- How many calories you burn at rest. (See RMR Analysis)

Pre-Screening Is REQUIRED for this service.

During our booking process, you will complete a 25-question health survey that is required by the State to participate in a DEXA Scan prior to EVERY appointment. Without this, you cannot have a DEXA Scan in our facility regardless of the fact that you've already reserved an appointment. All instructions are provided via our Book Now page.

*This service is NOT a diagnostic bone density screening. We do not accept insurance.

*Actual client time-lapse demonstration of the DEXA Scan in our Boca Raton facility.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Who Benefits From A DEXA Scan?

If you are looking for the most accurate method to evaluate your Body Composition (lean mass, fat tissue and total bone tissue) during a weight loss, muscle building, lifestyle, or athletic conditioning program, the DEXA is for you.

How Long Does The Scan Take?

Our DEXA takes 6-8 minutes to complete. Lay comfortable on your back, fully clothed and take a power nap while we generate a pixel-by-pixel snapshot of your body composition.

How Long Is My Appointment Time?

It's safe to plan for up to 30 minutes for your entire appointment, which includes your scan time. Once your body composition assessment is finished, you will have the option to discuss your goals with our staff. This typically takes 15 minutes. 

What Do I Wear?

Wear comfortable clothes without metal. We recommend gym attire but your business or casual wear is fine too. Whatever you wear, it's best to suit yourself with clothes that have minimal metal items such as buttons and zippers.

Should I Eat Before My Scan?

We recommend at least a 1 to 2 hour fast from solid foods. Liquids are okay. Because it's a density model, some foods can be seen as muscle, especially if consumed right before your appointment, so it's best not to consume large meals.

Can I Drink Water Before My Scan?

Yes, please! We recommend normal hydration, which can be easily gauged by urine color - the lighter in color the more hydrated you are. DEXA will accurately and precisely measure whatever is in its path, so for consistency please keep hydration as constant as possible between tests.

 

Can I Exercise Before My Scan?

We recommend that you DO NOT exercise for at least 2 hours prior to your test. Exercise is another variable that should be as constant as possible. If you do or don't exercise before you baseline scan, please repeat those steps for repeats.

Avoid any activity that makes you sweat profusely at least 4 hours prior to your scan and make sure you rehydrate properly.

Does The DEXA have a weight limit?

YES. Our DEXA scanner can accommodate individuals who weigh up to 350lbs.

Do I Need A Prescription From My Doctor?

NO. Our Medical Director will provide a prescription for the DEXA Body Composition Analysis for you upon completion of an in-depth 23-question survey about your health, provided that you are deemed fit to participate based on your answers. This survey must be completed each time you come back for a DEXA Scan or a VO2Max Assessment.

Is The DEXA Body Scan Covered By Insurance?

NO. Currently there is no insurance coverage available for Body Fat Analysis because it is NOT a diagnostic procedure. We cannot diagnose or treat conditions based on the information provided by the Body Composition Analysis.

If you are looking for a DEXA Bone Density Screening Scan, please search for your nearest Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center.

How Will I Receive My Results?

You will receive a detailed printed report that you will read over by yourself during your appointment. Staff members will then address any terminology or health goal related questions but are NOT permitted to read directly from the printed report to the client. In the state of Florida only a Physician, NP, PA, DC, RD or Personal Trainer or other professional who is NOT the registered Radiologic Technologist who conducted your scan is allowed to directly reference the report immediately after it is printed. The Registered Technologist who conducts the scan is not permitted to directly reference data, confirm or deny results on the printed report with the client on the date of the test. Our Medical Director Physician will provide Review & Comments via our FITTRACE Digital Cloud Dashboard within 365 days, where a link to create a login is provided to each client after their scan. You cannot save or download scan files from the FITTRACE Digital Cloud as it is viewing only platform.

You will not receive any commentary from our Physician other than a summary of what you read via the printed report.

What If I Have A Pacemaker or Electronic Medical Implants?

You can have a DEXA! Pacemakers, surgical implants and other foreign objects are considered safe for a DEXA scan. If, however, you are not sure, please reach out to us and we will answer your questions!

If I Have Breast Implants, How Will The DEXA Read Them?

The DEXA Scan will quantify your breast implants- either silicone or saline as Lean Tissue.

This is because the implants are mostly fluid and will not have the same frequency as fat tissue or bone, so the DEXA identifies it as Lean Tissue- either as an organ, fluid volume, or muscle.

How To Deduct The Implants From Your Total Lean Mass

While this will not account for other organs in the body quantified in the Lean Tissue reading, you can follow the following steps to account for your implants:

1) Contact your surgeon who placed your implants and ask them how much each implant weighs. This information should be stored in your medical records.

 

2) Once you have this information, deduct the weight of both implants from the Lean Tissue value in your Trunk Region on your DEXA Scan report.

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Body Fat % Reference Chart

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