Body Composition Dexa Body Scan

A DXA or dexa scan, short for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, is a body composition analysis tool. It provides information on bone density, body fat, and muscle mass, making it valuable for evaluating physique. This technology utilizes two low-energy X-ray beams to comprehensively evaluate body composition and bone density.


What is Measured through Dexa Body Scan:

  • Bone Density: Beyond detecting signs of bone loss, Dexa scans assess bone mineral density, aiding in preventive care and tailored treatments.
  • Body Fat Percentage: Precisely measures body fat distribution, providing valuable information for personalized fitness and nutrition strategies.
  • Lean Muscle Mass: Evaluate muscle mass distribution to tailor strength training routines and overall balance to enhance targeted muscle development.
  • Visceral Fat: Pinpointing fat around internal organs, Dexa scans play a pivotal role in assessing potential health risks associated with visceral fat accumulation.
  • Total Body Composition: Gain an understanding of your body’s composition, with detailed insights into the distribution of fat, muscle, and bone in different regions.

FAQ

How long does a Dexa body scan take?

Typically, the scan lasts between 8 to 15 minutes, ensuring a thorough analysis.

Is the Dexa scan safe?

Absolutely. Dexa scans utilize low levels of radiation, well below established safety limits, making them a safe and reliable diagnostic tool.

How often should I get a Dexa body scan?

The frequency varies based on individual goals. Some opt for annual scans to track progress, while others may choose more frequent assessments for ongoing insights.

Do I need to prepare for a Dexa scan?

Wear comfortable, metal-free clothing. You will be asked to take off any large jewelry before the scan. Robes are provided for patients needing to change.

Can anyone get a Dexa body scan?

Yes, Dexa scans are generally suitable for most individuals. However, consulting with our RUMA providers is recommended, especially if you have concerns or pre-existing health conditions.

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