DEXA (DXA) is short for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. DEXA scanning is used by doctors to test bone density, an important factor when it comes to diagnosing osteoporosis and assessing bone health.
How to check your body composition
As the latest technology has evolved, DEXA scanners have become more accurate and refined. It is now possible for advanced DEXA scanners to give precise measurements of body fat and muscle.
The scanner at Twenty-five Harley Street is equipped with ‘Advanced Body Composition’ capabilities and a Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT) option.
A composition body scan helps you to gain an accurate picture of the distribution of fat and lean muscle around your body.
Simply weighing yourself, or working out your BMI (body mass index) gives no information about body composition.
What a DEXA can reveal
- Your Total Body Fat result compared to a UK reference population of the same age and sex
- Regional fat distribution – exactly where the fat is located
- The amount of fat around your trunk and around your organs (Visceral Adipose Tissue) - a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes
- An in-depth diagnostic reading to detect any signs of osteoporosis
Top DEXA expert
The DEXA at Twenty-five Harley Street is the most advanced available. Your results will be analysed by Professor David Reid, one of the UK’s leading authority on DEXA scanning.
Unlike other services which may use radiologists to read results, not only is Professor Reid an expert in DEXA, he is also a Consultant Rheumatologist and is ideally placed to help advise on any health problems which may be highlighted by the scan.
The VAT option can identify whether fat is stored around vital internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines.
The good news is, once you’re aware of the risk factors, you can formulate a plan on how to reduce this dangerous fat.
DEXA for training
A DEXA body composition scan is a good idea for anyone who is health-conscious, or who wants to guard against heart disease and diabetes.
It is especially useful for athletes and those involved in training. Having an accurate measurement of the fat and lean muscle you’re carrying on your trunk and legs, to the nearest gram, enables individuals to training goals. Future scans can help measure your progress.
The best value DEXA for body composition
A DEXA scan which includes the body composition with core scan option in addition to the bone health report, costs £450.
Unlike other DEXA Body Composition services, Twenty-five Harley Street includes the expertise analysis of Professor David Reid, one of the country’s leading consultants and DEXA experts.