Why body composition?
Most people are used to stepping on a scale at every visit to a doctor’s office, but monitoring weight alone, while helpful, is at best a crude and an imprecise way to assess their health. Today’s body composition measurement tools provide far more complete and precise information.
Body composition measurements with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) can, with accuracy and precision, look beyond weight and traditional body mass index (BMI) to determine and monitor distribution of body fat, bone, and lean muscle mass. Body composition DEXA exams can provide useful regional and total body information to healthcare professionals in their management of conditions where the condition itself, or its treatment, can affect the relative amounts of fat and lean tissue.