DEXA or Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry is an advanced, medically-developed technology originally used to assess bone health.

As the name implies, two different energy levels of x-ray pass through your body and measure how much fat, muscle, and bone you have. A DEXA scan eliminates the guesswork and provides you with specific details about how much and where fat and muscle are situated on your body. If you’re a regular gym goer, athlete, or just starting to get back into shape, a high-resolution DEXA scan is just what you need to track, trend, and benchmark your results.

Why should you get a DEXA scan?

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconFind out exactly how much fat and muscle you have

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconEstablish a baseline prior to a new exercise/diet program

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconMonitor your muscle growth and body fat loss

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconGet a more complete picture of your relative health risk

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconGet meaningful data based purely on the amount and distribution of fat and lean mass in your body

Start your journey with a DEXA scan.

We’ve got a variety of packages and pricing options to suit you and your needs. 

Quick DEXA Scan

$800015 minutes
  • Includes a scan only
  • Receive a quick explanation of your results
  • Perfect for returning clients

DEXA Scan + Extended Consult

$1500030 minutes
  • Includes a scan and full consultation
  • Full explanation of your results
  • Perfect for first-time clients

DEXA Scan + Metabolic Test

$2900060 minutes
  • Includes a Scan
  • RMR test and full consultation
  • Full explanation of your results

Establish a baseline to track your progress

A DEXA scan is one of the most important things you can do before you start on a diet and training program.

You need to know how much muscle and fat you have at the start so you can accurately compare your baseline values to follow-up scans later on. By using DEXA, you know you’re getting scientifically accurate measurements.

Monitor your muscle growth and fat loss

Having regular DEXA scans allows you to track and trend your body composition over time. DEXA scans can also provide invaluable feedback on how successful and effective your diet and training have been towards achieving your goals.

  • Quantifying these changes helps with directing refinements in training and diet to optimise your results.
  • You’ll be able to adjust your training and diet based on your scan results and individual response.
  • You’ll be able to quantify these changes, giving you that extra motivation to help you stay on track!

Monitor your visceral fat and health risk

Visceral fat is the deep belly fat that wraps itself around your vital organs and secretes substances into the bloodstream called “adipocytokines,” which are known to increase your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as heart problems.

A DEXA scan provides an indication of how much fat you have around your trunk, as well as your ratio of upper-to-lower body fat percentage. Taken in conjunction with other biomarkers, lifestyle factors, and family history, this will provide you with a more complete picture of your relative health risk.

What does getting a DEXA scan involve?

To prepare for your DEXA scan at Body and Bone please arrive in clothing free from metal (zips or buttons), preferably underwear, shorts and t-shirt or similar. We have disposable gowns available if needed.

To have a scan, you’ll simply be asked to lie flat on the padded table while the arm of the machine passes over your body.

The scan only takes 10 around minutes!

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Is DEXA safe?

A DEXA scan emits very low-dose x-ray beams, even less than a chest x-ray!

A DEXA Scan poses no significant health risk, and you would receive a similar amount of background radiation on a return flight from Sydney to Melbourne. 

However, you should not have a DEXA scan if you’re pregnant, potentially pregnant, or if you’ve recently had any other more powerful imaging (such as an MRI or CT scan) with contrasts like iodine.

What can I do with the results of my DEXA scan?

A DEXA scan will give you a highly accurate baseline to help you achieve your goals. By knowing your body fat and lean tissue percentage, you can make lifestyle changes to improve your health and reduce your risk for various diseases.

The results of your scan, along with Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and VO2 testing, can also be used to recommend specific information on your ideal caloric intake and energy expenditure, helping you achieve your goals of fat loss or muscle gain quantitatively, virtually eliminating opinion based feedback.

By having your body composition monitored periodically, you will also be able to objectively track your progress towards goals. Quantifying these changes also helps with updating dietary and activity requirements. Feedback from DEXA scans can also be a powerful motivational tool for this purpose.

How often should I get a scan?

After your initial DEXA scan, you should wait at least two to three months before you have a follow up scan. This will ensure that you give your body enough time to experience detectable physiological changes in muscle and fat mass which can be picked up by the DEXA scanner.

What makes DEXA better than other body composition measurement methods?

DEXA is one of the quickest and most accurate and practical methods of body composition available. It addresses many of the limitations of other body composition methods. For example:

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconHydrostatic or Underwater Weighing

Can be expensive, cumbersome, time consuming and impractical for most people with a busy schedule.

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconSkin-Fold/Calipers

The Skin-Fold, Caliper, or Pinch Test is a quick field measure for estimating overall body fat from subcutaneous fat (the fat just below the skin), but it does not give an indication of potentially dangerous visceral fat. Moreover, this method is highly susceptible to measurement errors.

Bodyandbone-Plus-iconBioimpedance Analysis (BIA)

Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) is common in many health and fitness centres and requires you to stand on a device that looks like a bathroom scale. BIA measures total body water and then estimates body composition, so the test results can be skewed by your individual hydration status.