Arguably the most common method of tracking progress, weighing yourself is also one of the most useless. 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 program isn’t working. A much more useful mode of measuring progress, DEXA scan body composition 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.
You're more than just a number on the scale.
How it works
With a quick 6-8 minute, head-to-toe, fully clothed, whole body scan, our General Electric Healthcare scanner uses DEXA technology to print your body on a pixel-by-pixel basis and provide you with the most precise and reliable measurements on the market. Our advanced software analyzes your measurements and organizes your 50+ metrics into a personalized PDF report.
A Pre-Screening Medical Survey Is Required For This Service.
What does it measure?
Live Lean Rx DEXA scans enable whole body and regional quantification of the bone, fat and muscle tissue in your body.
Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT)
We measure the fat within your inner abdominal cavity. This fat is known as Visceral Adipose Fat, which is considered ‘bad fat’ that infiltrates and surrounds your organs. Your VAT measurement (in both pounds (lbs) and volume (cm^3), can help you better understand relative or comparative risk potential for cardiovascular and cardio-metabolic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and others.
Total and Regional Body Fat
Our whole body scan process quantifies the total pounds (lbs) of fat throughout your entire body, segregating it from lean muscle mass and bone mineral content (BMC). Additionally, we are able to break your body down into 5 primary body parts and distinguish the amount of fat in these regions versus your total body metrics. These body segmentations include your arms, legs, trunk (torso), android (lower abdomen and abdominal cavity), gynoid (upper thighs and hips). Because we can segregate fat from bone and muscle, we are able to provide you with one of the most precise and accurate Body Fat % readings.
Total and Regional Muscle Mass
Muscle mass is measured and quantified much like total body fat. Muscle mass is quantified as Lean Mass, which is two things: Organs and Muscle. It’s the tissue in our body that fosters a significant metabolic capacity or is able to burn calories. We are able to use these measurements to track fluctuations over time. Because your organs are considered a constant, we view fluctuations in lean mass as changes in muscle.
Bone Content and Bone Density
A key differentiator with DEXA, other than it’s clinical, medical and scientifically proven properties, is our systems can not only quantify bone content (Bone Mineral Content – BMC) they can determine total body bone density as well (Bone Mineral Density – BMD). After all, these are the same systems used by professional healthcare organizations across the globe to measure and assess the risks of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. The BMC/BMD information provided by the DEXA Scan is a cumulative (total from all regions) rating, and cannot be considered "clinical" or a "definitive diagnosis". While our systems can perform the "Clinical Evaluation", our focus is specifically on body composition analysis, and adding the "Clinical Bone Density Screening" to your scan will require an additional Physician Consultation.
Other DEXA Metrics
The previously mentioned metrics (VAT, Fat Mass, Lean Mass, BMC, and BMD) are the core measurements our systems are designed to quantify. With these measurements, our software breaks them down and organizes all of the other metrics such as Muscle Mass Balance (Right side vs. Left), Android / Gynoid Ratio (A/G Ratio), Relative Skeletal Muscle Index (RSMI) and several others. Not only do we provide you with regionalized measurements and quantifications, but our reports are also designed to track and trend your metrics over time making it an extremely effective tool for validating exercise and nutritional programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
DEXA Scan as a body composition and body fat measurement tool ensures precision, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. Other than an MRI, DEXA is the only other scientifically validated and FDA approved, clinical-caliber method of quantifying total body composition. Pair the benefits of DEXA with the all-inclusive Live Lean Rx Metabolic Assessment services and we think you’ll be pretty satisfied.
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.
How Long Does The Scan Take?
Our DEXA takes 5-10 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.
How Will I Receive My Results?
In the state of Florida, a Physician must provide his review and recommendations based on the DEXA Scan information to the client before our staff is allowed to directly reference information. The Physician will provide Review & Comments via our FITTRACE Digital Dashboard, where a login is provided to each client after their scan.
You will receive your digital copy via FITTRACE right away after scan completion as well as your printed report.
What Do I Wear?
Wear comfortable clothes. 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?
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?
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. If you do exercise, we suggest a 2 hour cool down period before your appointment.
What If I Have A Pacemaker or Electronic Medical Implants?
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 quanitifed 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.