At the Denver Arthritis Clinic, we offer an advanced body fat composition analysis to help our patients understand their bodies better and make informed decisions about their health. Our advanced analysis looks at your total body composition and can provide a personalized analysis of your percentages of fat mass, lean muscle mass, bone mineral density, and water. This data can be used to evaluate your current health status alongside any dietary changes or exercise routine you may be implementing.
Our body fat composition analysis is done using Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan which is considered the gold standard in body composition testing due to its accuracy. During the test, a technician will guide you through the process as you lie on a special table equipped with a scanner that passes over your body two times. The entire process takes roughly 10 minutes and requires no special preparation beforehand.
Our team will then use this data to provide customized recommendations for diet and physical activity plans tailored to individual goals and lifestyle needs. We understand the importance of creating an action plan that fits best with our patients' lifestyles so they can feel confident knowing that their health goals are achievable yet sustainable long-term.
The pricing for body fat composition analysis with DAC is $120.00. Patients will need to pay before the service is performed.
If you have any questions about our body fat composition analysis or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office today!
Yes! For body fat, or body composition, the standard error of the measurement for DXA is 2.5-3.5% while the error for other common methods (skinfolds, underwater weighing, air displacement or bioelectrical impedance) is between 3.5-6%.
How often should a DEXA scan be done? Medicare allows a DEXA scan to be done once every two years, and this is the current recommended timeframe. There are exceptions to this rule if you have certain diseases. Schedule time with The Denver Arthritis Clinic to learn more about DExa scans for body fat.
For your comfort, wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing without zippers, buckles or metal buttons during the exam. Unless instructed otherwise, eat normally on the day of the exam but do not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
You should not have a barium study, radioisotope injection or oral or intravenous contrast material from a CT scan or MRI within seven days prior to your DEXA test.