When it comes to analyzing total body composition, the most accurate type of scan you can get is the DEXA scan. DEXA, or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, will provide you with accurate results of your body fat percentage, lean body mass, skeletal muscle mass, and is often used by professionals to predict osteopenia and osteoporosis by measuring bone mineral density.
How does the DEXA scan work?
Accomplishing the procedure with minimal radiation exposure, the DEXA machine aims two X-ray beams at the bones and does a 10-20 minute full body scan. Where a regular X-ray can show changes in bone density after 40 percent bone loss, the DEXA detects changes as small as 1 percent – making it more sensitive and accurate. These statistics give you an idea of the precision with which body composition and fat content are measured with a DEXA scan.
The DEXA scan is considered to be very safe – with the minimal risk associated with exposure to radiation, which carries a small risk for cancer. DEXA exposes you to a tenth of the amount of radiation emitted during an X-ray – which is about the same you would encounter while on a transcontinental airline. The benefits of having a DEXA scan far outweigh the potential risks.
What should you expect when going in for your first DEXA scan? At Hudson Wellness, our DEXA scan is used for the purpose of providing you with a full, comprehensive analysis of your total body composition including body fat percentage, total body weight, muscle mass, and more. You will be taken upstairs to complete the DEXA, a process that takes less than 20 minutes.
Expect to spend 60 minutes maximum at our facility for you to prepare for the DEXA, get dressed into the appropriate gown, and to go over the results with our doctor and/or nutritionist.
Trying to visualize what your DEXA results may look like? Pictured below is a full DEXA report, and what anyone can expect to receive after their DEXA scan.
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