DEXA is the gold standard in measuring body composition and is accurate to within 1%. It is significantly more accurate than Bodpod, underwater weighing, bioelectrical impedance and skin-fold (caliper) measurements.
DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry.
DEXA body scans deliver a 3 component assessment which includes fat, lean muscle and bone. The scan also gives you your overall body fat percentage to indicate whether you are within the healthy range for your age.
Why have a DEXA scan?
Whether you are an everyday person trying to lose weight or an athlete monitoring training and performance, DEXA is a valuable tool to help you structure your exercise and dietary programs.
By understanding your body composition and how your bone, fat, and muscle mass react to lifestyle changes, you will be able to improve your health through targeted programs and reduce your chance of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure.
You’ll be able to make more effective diet and training program decisions - just like athletes do - with accurate, scientific data.
Only DEXA body scans provide regional data, including arms, legs and trunk. This data will help you to be able to see small changes in fat and muscle tissue in specific areas, ideal for tracking the progress of your program.
DEXA scans provide reproducible results, meaning your progress can be tracked with the highest accuracy possible. Measurement errors which can be made by other methods are eliminated and any changes between DEXA scans are real.
Frequently asked questions:
We recommended comfortable clothing with no metal – zips, clips or studs. Simple gym attire is more than suitable. This will allow you to be scanned without the need to change into a patient gown. Upon entering the room, you will be asked to remove any metal objects that you may have in your pockets – keys, wallets, phones, belts.
Booking times are 15 minutes, however the scan itself only takes 5 minutes to complete. The remaining booking time allows for an outline of the findings.
There is no Medicare rebate available for body composition DEXA scans.
Please contact our friendly staff on 8402 0200 for pricing for this service. We are happy to offer a single visit fee, or a convenient three visit package to allow you to track the effects of your lifestyle and training changes.
Our staff will run through your results with you on the day of the examination. For subsequent studies comparison will be made with your prior visit.