WHAT IS DEXA?
DEXA — dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry — scans provide a unique three-compartment model for the most accurate and precise segmented analysis of body fat percentage and lean tissue (arms, legs, trunk and total body), visceral fat quantification in the abdominal region, and bone density scoring for key regions of interest.
Traditionally, DEXA has been known as a bone density modality. It’s become recognized, though, as a machine that offers a dynamic range of applications in addition to bone mineral density. They include baseline testing and progress monitoring in areas such as:
WHO SHOULD GET THE SCAN AND WHY?
Irrespective of a person’s gender, age, relative health, or family history, DEXA scans can provide a wealth of essential information. And because a DEXA scan carries no discernable level of risk* and involves no discomfort before, during, or afterward, there is no reason to exclude it from a comprehensive health checkup.But don’t take our word for it. Watch our video below from Dr. Desmond Ebanks explaining why looking at BMI and scale numbers don’t tell the full story, and how getting a DEXA scan by one of our authorized DEXA+ partners can help you get a more accurate representation of your overall health.
*Women who are pregnant should avoid all procedures that involve x-ray technology regardless of dose.
The popular body mass index (BMI) formula used to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy weight is more than 180 years old.