It only takes 15 to 25 minutes, and it’s secure, accurate, and painless. By using the DEXA scan guidelines and key biomarkers data, our performance health experts can customize a personalized program tailored to your unique physiology and goals.
Click here to find a Cenegenics DEXA scan near you. Your Performance Health Team will help you schedule a DEXA scan test as part of your Performance Health Assessment.
DEXA, which stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, is a noninvasive whole-body composition test that involves the use of two X-ray beams sent through the body at different energy levels. DEXA scans help measure: total body bone density, spinal bone density, risk of hip fracture, body fat, lean muscle mass, and more.
DEXA scans can measure changes in bone density to the nearest tenth of a percent. A Bone Densitometry from DEXA differentiates between normal and osteoporosis scores. When it comes to body fat, DEXA scans are considered the gold standard for body composition analysis. They not only measures how much of the body is made up of fat mass, but also lean mass and bone mass.
By using an innovative DEXA scan, we obtain segmented data that indicates the amounts of lean body mass. This is beneficial for helping us understand the distribution of fat mass, as well as the specific diseases for which you may be at risk. A DEXA scan will help you fully understand:
An X-ray of skeletal bone density from DEXA scan can measure changes as small as one percent, and is, therefore, extremely accurate. This helps determine risk of fractures and progression of osteoporosis, which according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, affects 54 million people age 50 and over, just in the United States.
You can find a DEXA scan at your local Cenegenics center or by calling 866-240-0035. There’s no need to change your daily routine before DEXA scan.
The DEXA scan is considered an outpatient procedure. Preparation and measurement take no longer than 25 minutes and do not affect your usual activities. It means you are in an out of the room quickly. DEXA scans are also painless.
Cenegenics will interpret your results and will recommend the precise program your need to get results.
The recommended DEXA scan timeframe is one every year – even more frequently to monitor body composition. There are exceptions to this rule based on your health condition.
When measuring your body composition using a DEXA scan, Cenegenics will consider several factors such as your age, current medications (if any), or intake of calcium supplements.
Cenegenics uses high precision machines, which are checked daily to ensure they measure contrast minerals, soft tissues, bone densitometry, and osteoporosis accurately.
The amount of radiation used during the Dexa scan procedure is very low (less than one-tenth the dose of a standard chest x-ray, and less than a day’s exposure to natural radiation.
When measuring osteoporosis, DEXA scans provide a T-score. This shows how much higher or lower your bone density is compared to a 30-year-old individual (age when bones are the strongest.) The lower the score, the weaker the bones are .
Author: Rudy Inaba, Vice President of Health Performance
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