If you are serious about your fitness and health, a number on the scale is not enough. You need the whole picture of your health. An imaging exam of your body composition—the amount of fat, lean muscle and bone in your body—is the most accurate way to know for sure if you are on track toward your fitness and weight goals. Patients under 21 years of age must have parental approval prior to exam.
A body composition exam is performed with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). The imaging technology uses small amounts of X-ray to capture a total image of the body. The technique measures—with pinpoint clinical accuracy—the distribution of fat, lean muscle and bone throughout the body.A body composition test allows you to:
- Measure total body fat percentage
- Set and track goals for fitness and weight-loss
- Monitor effectiveness of fitness training
- Evaluate bone density (assess risk for osteoporosis)