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Body Composition Fat Analysis using DEXA Scan

What is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA Scan is an FDA approved done density machine. Patients are exposed to a minimal amount of radiation that is within an acceptable range (1-4 microSieverts). Other body fat composition tests that use electrical impedance (scales), skin fold measurements (calipers) and water displacement have a much lower level of accuracy and specificity.

Fat Percent Levels 

Gender Normal Overweight Obese
Adult Male 4-25%   25-30% >30%
Adult Female 12-29% 29-35% >35%

Advanced Imaging Center provides Body Fat Composition Scan with a physician's order. Orders are required due to radiation being involved. This test is NOT diagnostic and no physician will be reviewing the images.

Insurance does not cover this test and payment is expected at the time of appointment.  To find out the current cost and schedule an appointment, call 309-743-0445.

Why should I have a DEXA Scan?

Your bathroom scale cannot tell the difference between the two, but our Body Composition Fat Analysis test using DEXA Scan can! This test is considered the GOLD STANDARD and no other test is as accurate in determining the percentage of body fat versus lean muscle mass and bone.

Performing calculations alone using height and weight (Body Mass Index or BMI) can be inaccurate.  Muscular individuals or athletes typically have increased muscle mass that can skew the results of these tests, which, in turn, could cause them to lose more weight than what is considered healthy.  Trainers and doctors agree that knowing the precise percentage of body fat can improve their performance.

Orders, Scheduling, and Insurance - What do I do before the exam?

  • An order is required
  • You can call us directly to schedule your exam
  • Insurance does not cover these exams and we will not bill your insurance. Payment is expected at time of exam.

Exam Preparation - What do I do before the exam?

  • Read over our “Preparing for Your Imaging Exam” page
  • Wear warm and comfortable clothes with no metal, for example: no zippers, buttons, or grommets.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry or other metal accessories as they will need to be removed prior to your exam.
  • There are no eating/drinking or medication restrictions.
  • If you are pregnant and/or breast feeding, or could possibly be pregnant, please let us know.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 309-743-0445.

How long will the exam take?

The test takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

What will the exam be like?

You will be escorted to the exam room and asked to lie very still on the exam table. The scanner will pass over you and transfer the information to the computer.

What happens with my test results?

You will receive a copy of your results at the time of your exam.

What if I have further questions?

If you have any further questions or concerns about this procedure, please contact our office at 309-743-0445 or call your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.