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All about the DEXA Body Composition Scan

by Heather Wright on Jan 28, 2022 5:11:37 PM

Want to learn more about your body composition? The DEXA Scan is one of the quickest and most practical methods available to learn more about your body providing an in-depth analysis of your fat tissue, muscle mass, and bone density.  

These scans offer a more complete and accurate assessment compared to other exams. Considered one of the most accurate tests, it is also helpful when evaluating levels of physical fitness.

All about the DEXA Body Composition Scan

What are the benefits of getting a DEXA Body Composition Scan?

A DEXA Body Scan is a low-powered, 6-minute total body X-Ray scan that evaluates how much body fat, lean mass, and bone mass you have in your body from your head to your toes called your Body Composition.

It’s the only technology available that can easily and accurately measure Visceral Fat or VAT. VAT is a dangerous type of fat that surrounds your vital organs, becoming a toxic organ itself, and contributes to secondary diseases such as Type II Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, immunosuppression, etc.

The DEXA Body Scan is a very low-powered X-ray. A relative environmental equivalent is standing on the beach in the summer sun for 10 minutes. This is about 40% less exposure than your standard Chest X-ray in a hospital setting. DEXA Body Scan can be used safely by clients who have Pacemakers, surgical metals, and other implanted devices.

What are the benefits of getting a DEXA Body Composition Scan?

DEXA Body Scan helps you go BEYOND the scale to understand the true make-up of the number you see. This can help you create a healthier body-image by understanding how much lean muscle, fat tissue, and bone make up your total body mass accounts for and where the highest concentration of your body fat lies.

Using a DEXA Body Composition Scan can help you improve your weight loss goal as it helps you:

  • Determine the exact percentage of your lean muscle, bone mass, and different types of fat.
  • Provides precise Data about your body composition.
  • Determines potential health risks.
  • Tracks progress and effectiveness of dieting and exercise.

Who can get a DEXA Body Composition Scan?

As this test will provide detailed information regarding various components in your body, anyone can use it. If you are simply curious about your health, planning to get healthier, or losing weight, you could get this scan in order to gain the best possible insight regarding your body composition. Beware the DEXA Scan can accommodate persons weighing up to 350 lbs and 6 feet 7 inches tall.

How To Prepare for A DEXA Body Scan? 

This scan requires very minimal preparation. However, you need to make sure to drink proper amounts of water and avoid eating meals no less than 2-3 hours prior to the scan.

It is recommended that you do not wear clothing with large amounts of metal such as buttons, zippers, sequins, or beading for your DEXA Body Scan because the DEXA cannot penetrate metal.

To ensure the data is most accurate avoid coming dehydrated or after working out. Try to repeat the same exercise, eating, and drinking habits for each scan, and schedule as close to the same time of day as you can. DEXA Is most accurate when you schedule earlier in the day, ideally before 2 pm. Arrive properly hydrated, and don’t exercise or have eaten a meal prior to your scan.

Be aware the DEXA Body Scan takes around 6 to 10 minutes. The entire appointment is blocked for 20-minutes, but scan time is usually no higher than 8.

How Often Can I Do A DEXA Body Scan?

Recommendations differ from client to client depending on your needs, but on average, you can safely have routine DXA Body Scans to evaluate your body composition 4-times per year or once every 90-days if you are working on body composition change improvements with diet and exercise.

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Preview of a DEXA Scan report

How can I get started?

If you believe that you can benefit from a DEXA (DXA) Body Scan, Liquivida can give you a hand! The DEXA Scan is offered across the country — including our Liquivida Fort Lauderdale Beach Wellness Center. So if you’re looking to get started, book a private consultation with our wellness experts who will address your questions, evaluate your wellness goals and provide recommendations for your needs.

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This post was written by Heather Wright