A body composition scan is a diagnostic test that measures the various components in your body, including your bone, muscle, and fat mass. The Pure Executive Health & Wellness team uses dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to obtain your body composition. The DEXA body composition scan is the same tool used to measure bone density, and can accurately break down your body weight into how much is bone, fat, and muscle to assess health.
The body composition scan provides you with an accurate breakdown of your body composition. The components of the body scan include:
The body composition scan determines how much of your body weight is fat mass, which is then provided as a percentage of your total body weight. Excess body fat increases your risk of health issues, including diabetes and heart disease.
Lean mass includes how much of your body weight is muscle and helps us track your muscle mass as you change diets or exercise regimens to ensure you are achieving your goal.
Visceral Fat Area measures your deep belly fat which is linked to risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and the DEXA is the only body composition machine that accurately measures this.
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for your body composition scan. However, you may get a more accurate picture of your overall health and body composition if you come to your scan fully hydrated. You may also want to ensure your stomach is empty before your scan.
The body composition scan at PURE Executive Health & Wellness is a quick, painless test that only takes six minutes to complete. During your test, you lie down on the scanning table and the scan begins.
After your scan, your PURE provider reviews the results with you. The team recommends you repeat your body composition scan every 3-6 months to monitor trends and improvements.
A body composition scan provides valuable information about your health and wellness and may provide the motivation you need to make necessary changes to your diet and exercise program to optimize health. To schedule your body composition scan, call PURE Executive Health & Wellness today. We see and treat patients in all of the greater Miami area.