Traditionally known to measure bone density, DEXA Scans are now used for so much more. The DEXA (DXA) can also measure body composition, such as body fat and muscle mass, allowing for better overall health management.
“What gets measured, gets managed,” says Chloé Richardson at Body-Comp Imaging in White Rock. “Trusted worldwide by medical experts for its accuracy, DEXA is the only technique that identifies visceral fat (surrounding the organs), for example. The quick, safe and affordable scan provides key knowledge that cannot be guessed, and provides the foundation to develop a confident plan to improve overall health and reduce any health risks.”
Ken Leggatt, CEO of Body-Comp Imaging in White Rock, couldn’t agree more.
“In general, scales show the changes in your weight, but do not show the changes in your body composition. DEXA scans do, and allow people to take control of their health. It opens doors to tools and resources that are available for a healthy lifestyle,” says Leggatt.
DEXA – dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry – uses two x-ray beams with different energy levels aimed at the patient’s bones. This spectral imaging measures bone density, osteoporosis and propensity for bone fractures.
The scan is also one of the only reliable methods for determining a person’s body composition, including visceral fat levels, which the body stores around specific internal organs. High levels of visceral fat is a leading cause of major diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
DEXA scans are not just for fitness enthusiasts who want to increase their muscle mass. Those who wish to address specific health challenges find DEXA scans are meaningful in developing long-term health goals.
“I am a fitness enthusiast. I had some health goals, and I knew the scale wasn’t an accurate measure of my results. It wasn’t giving me the whole picture,” says Leggatt.
With 22.1 per cent body fat, including 156 pounds of lean muscle mass, Leggatt was able to see what was happening with his body when he analyzed his body scan.
“It arms you with information, with data, that you can use in meaningful ways,” says Leggatt. “I had lingering pain in my right bicep that was a result of an injury. The scan showed me I was still differentiating between my right and left arm. I developed a plan to address the imbalance.”
At Body-Comp Imaging, clients can access DEXA technology at affordable prices.
“This technology is the Gold Standard,” says Leggatt. “You don’t need to be referred to us. It is for everyone that has the desire to improve their health.”
Body-Comp Imaging’s highly skilled team take the client through a review of the scan results and provide suggestions of three actionable modifications to lifestyle that will assist the clients goals. Their team of professionals ensure clients get the support they need to achieve greater health.
“DEXA removes the guesswork,” says Richardson. “DEXA tells you what you are made of and gives you a pathway to better health.”
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