DEXA Body Composition Scan
Does this sound familiar? You’ve been on a winning streak with your health – controlled your diet, exercised regularly. You confidently step on the scales in anticipation…and don’t see the results you were expecting. You’re certain that your health and fitness have improved, so what’s going on?
The issue is that weight alone can’t provide much insight into your individual health and fitness. That’s where the DEXA Body Composition Scan comes in.
Who should get a DEXA Body Scan?
A DEXA Body Scan is for anyone who wants a better understanding of their own body. It is considered the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to accurately assessing body composition.
DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It is safe, fast and there are no side effects, making it accessible to a wide range of the population.
Weight loss and fitness are common motivators for booking a DEXA Body Scan.
BMI is not an accurate depiction of your health and fitness status. For example, a weight-loss regime may be showing results on the scales, but you could in fact be losing important muscle as well as fat. A DEXA Body Scan eliminates the guesswork.
It’s wise to book a DEXA Body Scan at the beginning of a new health and fitness program, so that your goals such as ‘less body fat’ or ‘more muscle mass’ can be accurately tracked. After all, if you’re going to commit to a health and fitness journey, it’s good to check that you’re on the right path.
A DEXA Body Scan can also be a vital tool in your preventative medicine toolkit. Health issues such as toxic visceral fat and low bone density can’t be diagnosed by looking in the mirror or standing on the scales.
A DEXA Body Scan measures bone mineral density, which can be used to assess your risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia. The scan is also handy for identifying the ‘skinny fat’ phenomenon, where a slender person is in fact harbouring visceral fat around their organs. Known as ‘hidden fat’, visceral fat is the most harmful type of fat and increases your risk of serious illness.
How much does a DEXA Body Scan cost and is it worth it?
How much is a DEXA scan for body fat?
The cost of a DEXA Body Scan in Perth at Azure Medical is $120 on a weekday and $145 on the weekend.
Your DEXA Body Scan at Azure Medical will be carried out by qualified dietitian and DEXA Scanner, Michael Furfaro. You may also opt to undertake a Post Dexa Scan Consult with Michael. In this consult, Michael will take you through the invaluable information provided by your scan within the context of your health history, lifestyle, diet and underlying health issues. From this big picture, Michael can confidently refine your diet and exercise program.
Is a DEXA Body Scan worth it?
The continuing popularity of DEXA Body Scans suggests that people are obtaining real benefits from the insights that DEXA Body Scans deliver.
If it’s worth it for you depends on your unique circumstance. If you are serious about losing weight or improving muscle mass, the data provided by a DEXA Body Scan can be invaluable in determining if what you’re doing is working for your specific body type. The scan can even measure body fat percentages in different areas of your body, to help with targeting your efforts.
From a preventative medicine point of view, a DEXA Body Scan is very worthwhile for those people who believe that prevention is better than a cure.