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DEXA SCAN: Bone Density and Body Composition
What is a DEXA BODY SCAN?
The DEXA Scan is a quick and painless, whole body scan that uses medical grade technology to provide measurements of Body Fat, Muscle Mass, and Bone Health.
A DEXA Scan (Dual-Energy 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 body composition.
A DEXA Scan is considered the Gold Standard in determining both Bone Health and Body Composition without dangerous radiation like from a CT Scan.
What Does a DEXA SCAN Show?
A DEXA scan provides an accurate breakdown of Three (3) critical health markers. These markers include, bone health, body composition and the breakdown in the body between fat and lean muscle. Advanced reporting at some facilities also reflects the amount of visceral fat in the body as well. Visceral fat is the number one predictor of Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Stroke.
DEXA SCAN for Body Fat
DEXA Scans are great for providing a general health assessment. They are also helpful for anyone looking to optimize their workout plan with precise measurement and tracking, such as dieters, athletes and fitness enthusiasts, or bodybuilders.
DEXA Scan gives you the most precise information about your body fat, muscle, and bone composition, and lets you track changes in body composition over time. Fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and dieters often use body composition scans to get a baseline of where they are now, and to objectively measure their progress.
Results show you:
Overall body fat, lean tissue (muscle), bone weight and percentages
Breakdowns for both legs, arms and your torso
DEXA scan image showing where your body fat and muscle is distributed
Visceral fat (the dangerous fat around organs)
DEXA SCAN for Bone Density
DEXA Scans are the Gold Standard in measuring Bone Health. They provide the most accurate measurement and diagnosis of Osteoporosis, Osteopenia. A traditional DEXA Scan will provide a T-Score which will tell you based upon your age if you are in danger of breaking a hip or a spine fracture in the future.
A Bone Densitometry test is used to measure how strong your bones are. It is commonly used to identify osteoporosis, a condition that causes a decrease in the density of bones resulting in fragility, and to determine a person’s risk for developing fractures. DEXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).
The DEXA scanner uses two X-ray beams; one high energy and one low energy. It will measure the X-rays that pass through the bone from each beam. This will vary depending on how thick your bone is. Based on the difference between the two beams, the machine determines your bone density.