DEXA (or DXA) is a medical scanning technology originally developed to measure bone density. It passes a very low dose of dual-energy X-rays through the body to provide a high resolution image and precise measurement of body composition – specifically bone, fat and lean mass (muscle). It is the gold standard for body composition scanning worldwide, giving you the most precise reading to the gram of your total body composition.
For Your Body Composition
Holistic Physio Fitness uses the lowest radiation DEXA to give you an accurate report showing precisely how much fat and muscle mass you have so you can set realistic, achievable targets with your training and diet. Subsequent scans serve to keep you motivated and make the necessary changes to achieve your goal, either alone or with your personal trainer.
For Monitoring Bone Health
DEXA scans can also be used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
The procedure is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.
A DEXA scan is quick, painless and non-invasive. You will be instructed to lie flat on a padded table, staying very still, while the scanning arm passes above you. You remain fully clothed, preferably underwear, shorts and t-shirt or similar though you may be asked to remove heavy clothing, shoes, jewellery and metal objects. The scan will take around 6 minutes and your DEXA report analysed by our professionals will be ready immediately. Too easy!