Why Choose the BodyLogic™ Scan?
The Advanced Body Composition® Assessment, available with the BodyLogic™ scan on the Horizon® DXA system is a body composition scan, also known as a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan, is a non-invasive medical test that uses low-dose x-ray technology to measure the body’s composition of fat, muscle, and bone.
It is considered as the gold standard for body composition assessment and is mostly used in clinical research and medical settings.
Why get a DEXA body composition scan?
- Assess bone density and risk of osteoporosis, as well as to measure body fat and muscle mass.
- Our body fat testing procedure is quick and painless, and normally takes less than 15 minutes to complete.
- Assessment will serve as your accurate data that’s required for your wellness and nutrition program.
- Track progress with efficiency.
How will The Advanced Body Composition® Assessment help you?
- With DEXA BodyLogic™ Scan, information can be useful for understanding an individual’s overall health and fitness level.
- We can help set goals and track progress in weight management or strength training programs.
- We can also help identify potential health risks associated with having a high body fat percentage, such as an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
What is The Advanced Body composition® Assessment process?
- It involves a combination of techniques such as bio-electrical impedance analysis (BIA), skin-fold measurements, and/or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA).
- The results can be used to determine a person’s overall health status and to track changes in body composition over time.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to get The Advanced Body Composition® Assessment?
Our Medical Director at Houston Concierge Medicine will screen every client, so referrals aren’t required. This is done to ensure DEXA body composition scan is properly done and safe.
My gym has a machine to estimate my body fat percentage. Is this the same thing?
No, a machine at a gym that estimates body fat percentage is likely using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), whereas a DXA scan (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) uses a low-dose x-ray to measure the amount of fat, muscle, and bone in the body.
BIA is a quick and non-invasive method, but it can be less accurate than DXA. DXA is considered the gold standard for measuring body composition, but it requires specialized equipment and trained personnel to perform the assessment.
Where to schedule a DEXA scan in Houston, Texas?
If you’re living in Houston and in need of an accurate assessment of body composition scan at Houston Concierge Medicine, you can book a schedule with us here, send us an email at email@example.com or text us at 713-333-6464.
Houston Concierge Medicine is located between Ranch 99 and IFLY in the big glass building behind Meridian Hospital.
Is DEXA covered by insurance?
Currently, our DEXA body composition scan is not covered by insurance. It is a self-pay test starting at $100.
Do you get DEXA Scan results immediately?
YES, DEXA scan results are immediately available.
Who cannot have a DEXA Scan?
It is important to note that DEXA scans do have some limitations. They are not recommended for people who are pregnant or have had certain types of cancer. The radiation exposure from a DEXA scan is relatively low, but it may still be a concern for some people.
What should you not do before a body composition scan?
Before a body scan, you should not eat or drink anything for several hours before the scan, as the presence of food or liquid in your stomach or intestines can affect the quality of the images. You should inform your doctor of any medications you are taking, as some can affect the results of the scan. You should also not wear jewelry or clothing with metal, as this can interfere with the scan.
How much is a DEXA Scan for fat?
The cost of a DEXA scan for fat can vary depending on location and the facility performing the scan. On average, it can cost anywhere from $50 to $150.
How accurate is DEXA Scan for body fat?
The accuracy of a DEXA scan for body fat is generally considered to be within 2-3% of the actual body fat percentage. However, the precision can vary depending on several factors, such as the quality of the equipment and the technician performing the scan.
Do you wear clothes during a DEXA Scan?
It is recommended to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for a DEXA scan, as tight clothing can interfere with the accuracy of the results. Some areas of the body may need to be exposed, such as the hip and spine, but a gown can be provided for privacy. Metal objects, such as jewelry, should be removed as well, as they can also affect the results.
Is DEXA better than BMI?
DEXA body fat scan is considered a more accurate method for measuring body composition (fat, muscle, and bone) than BMI (Body Mass Index). DEXA uses X-rays to measure the density of different body tissues, whereas BMI is a calculation based on a person’s weight and height. On the other hand, BMI does not distinguish between muscle mass and fat mass and can be misleading for people who are very muscular or athletic.
How often do you need a DEXA Scan for body fat?
It depends on the individual and their specific health needs or concerns. In some cases, a body composition scan may be recommended on a regular basis, such as for people at high risk for osteoporosis or for those being treated for bone loss.
In other cases, a DEXA scan may be done on an as-needed basis, such as to monitor changes in body composition over time. It is best to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the appropriate frequency for DEXA scans.
What is the most accurate body fat test?
There are several methods to measure body fat, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some of the most accurate methods include:
- Hydrostatic weighing: This method involves being submerged in water and determining body density, which can be used to calculate body fat percentage. It is considered the gold standard for body fat measurement, but it can be expensive and not widely available.
- Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA): This method uses low-dose x-rays to determine body fat percentage. It is considered very accurate and is widely available, but it is also relatively expensive.
- Bod Pod: This method uses air displacement to determine body volume, which is then used to calculate body fat percentage. It is as accurate as hydrostatic weighing but is more widely available and less expensive.
- Skinfold thickness measurements: This method involves using callipers to measure the thickness of a fold of skin at different points on the body. It is relatively inexpensive and widely available, but it is less accurate than the above methods.
- Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA): This method uses a small electrical current to determine body fat percentage. It is relatively inexpensive and widely available, but the accuracy can vary depending on factors such as hydration levels and muscle mass.
Ultimately, the most accurate body composition scan will depend on the specific individual and their unique body composition. It is a good idea to consult with a professional trainer or nutritionist to determine which method would be the most appropriate for you.