DEXA Scan

A DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan is a diagnostic imaging technique primarily used to assess bone mineral density. However, it’s also utilized to measure body composition, including the distribution of fat, lean mass, visceral fat, and bone mass throughout the body.

DEXA Scan

A DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan is a diagnostic imaging technique primarily used to assess bone mineral density. However, it’s also utilized to measure body composition, including the distribution of fat, lean mass, visceral fat, and bone mass throughout the body.

DXA scans use low-dose X-rays to differentiate between these tissue types, providing detailed information about an individual’s body composition. This information is valuable for assessing overall health, tracking changes in body composition over time, and guiding personalized fitness and nutrition plans.

The Relationship Between Visceral Fat, Inflammation, And Disease.

A DXA scan can accurately determine the amount of visceral fat in your body. Visceral fat is a fat that accumulates in your abdomen. Visceral fat is not the fat that you can pinch on your belly, but the fat that wraps around your organs inside your abdomen, including your liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Excess visceral fat is a serious problem and the root cause of almost every disease. Visceral fat is linked to:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Increased risk of dementia
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • It is the root cause of MOST chronic health issues!

Standard DEXA Scan Procedure

Frequently Asked Questions

Body Composition is a term that is used to explain your physical makeup, including your body’s fat, muscle and bone content. Through the information that our DXA body scans provide, we can help you assess how to efficiently distinguish the amount of lean muscle, fat, and bone mass your body comprises and compare it to age matched peers.

We boast a diverse client base that receives DXA scans for many different reasons such as losing fat, adding muscle, improving health, and monitoring the effectiveness of fitness training and dietary changes. Additionally, DXA scans are approved by the FDA to measure visceral fat (fat around the organs). High visceral fat may be an indicator of metabolic syndrome conditions such as a predisposition to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Included in the scan is a total bone density screening that measures the density of your bones in different regions of your body. Through these scans, we may identify those at risk of osteoporosis and in need of a diagnostic bone density test. Certain demographics of people can be genetically and physically more susceptible to these issues.

We can perform a full DXA body scan with bone health and body composition in as little as 20 minutes. With a DXA scan you don’t have to worry about calipers, underwater weighing, or other uncomfortable methods of determining your body composition. If you’re looking to get the most comprehensive information, we can provide you with the most efficient results. Your rate includes the test interpretation by a licensed medical provider. Appointments required. No walk-ins. Complete your registration (https://precisionhealth.md-hq.com/registration) to schedule your appointment.

Non-hormone patient pricing. Unlimited DXA scans are included for all Precision Health’s hormone patients. ALL SCANS INCLUDE VISCERAL FAT SCANNING.

  • ONE Full DXA Scan with Bone and Body Composition – $150**
  • ONE Body Composition ONLY (no bones) – $125
  • BUNDLE: THREE Body Composition ONLY (no bones) – $297 – Multiple packages may be purchased.
  • ONE Full DXA Scan with Bone and Body Composition PLUS ONE Body Composition ONLY scan – $249
  • ONE Full DXA Scan with Bone and Body Composition PLUS TWO Body Composition ONLY scans – $339
  • ONE Full DXA Scan with Bone and Body Composition PLUS THREE Body Composition ONLY scans – $430

ALL bundles are non-transferable and must be used within one year of purchase.

** $150 paid can be applied towards a new patient initial comprehensive evaluation if booked within 30 days of the DXA Scan.

Yes. An average DXA scan is 0.4 microsieverts, equivalent to the radiation from eating 4 bananas. It’s a very low, very safe amount. To give some context, the average person gets 10 microsieverts of radiation exposure each day.

No. If unsure we suggest taking a pregnancy test before scheduling a scan.

Yes. The maximum weight for our DXA machine is 350 lbs.

DXA scanners provide a scanning area of 77 inches (height 6’5″).

You will need to have the ability to lay still for up to 20 minutes.

Make sure you haven’t had a barium exam or an injection of contrast dye in the two weeks before your appointment. Otherwise, just come in your workout clothes (but avoid clothing with metal, such as zippers or bra underwires). Please note that we do require all clients to wear at least one layer of clothing on top of their underwear for the scan.

Additionally, for maximum accuracy, you’ll want to do the scan under the same circumstances each time. So, if you fast for the first scan, you may want to fast for subsequent scans, so that changes in your body composition are a reflection of actual change, rather than the presence of food. We do suggest not eating a large meal before any scan.

We also suggest being “hydration neutral”. This means coming in for your scan at your normal hydration level for the day.

Complete your registration to schedule an appointment.