Body Composition Scan

PURE Executive Health & Wellness

Concierge Medicine located in Coral Gables, FL

Understanding what you’re made up of can give you amazing insight into your overall health and wellness. The medical professionals at PURE Executive Health & Wellness in Coral Gables, Florida, conduct body composition scans to assess body fat versus muscle mass to give you a more accurate picture of your health. To schedule your body composition scan, call the office today.

Body Composition Scan Q & A

What is a body composition scan?

A body composition scan is a diagnostic test that measures the various components in your body, including your bone, muscle, and fat mass. The Pure Executive Health & Wellness team uses dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to obtain your body composition. The DEXA body composition scan is the same tool used to measure bone density, and can accurately break down your body weight into how much is bone, fat, and muscle to assess health.

What does the body composition scan tell me?

The body composition scan provides you with an accurate breakdown of your body composition. The components of the body scan include:

Fat mass

The body composition scan determines how much of your body weight is fat mass, which is then provided as a percentage of your total body weight. Excess body fat increases your risk of health issues, including diabetes and heart disease.

Lean mass

Lean mass includes how much of your body weight is muscle and helps us track your muscle mass as you change diets or exercise regimens to ensure you are achieving your goal.

Visceral Fat Area

Visceral Fat Area measures your deep belly fat which is linked to risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and the DEXA is the only body composition machine that accurately measures this. 

How do I prepare for a body composition scan?

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for your body composition scan. However, you may get a more accurate picture of your overall health and body composition if you come to your scan fully hydrated. You may also want to ensure your stomach is empty before your scan.

Your PURE provider may also advise that you not take any calcium supplements for up to 24 hours before your scan.

What happens during a body composition scan?

The body composition scan at PURE Executive Health & Wellness is a quick, painless test that only takes six minutes to complete. During your test, you lie down on the scanning table and the scan begins.

After your scan, your PURE provider reviews the results with you. The team recommends you repeat your body composition scan every 3-6 months to monitor trends and improvements.

A body composition scan provides valuable information about your health and wellness and may provide the motivation you need to make necessary changes to your diet and exercise program to optimize health. To schedule your body composition scan, call PURE Executive Health & Wellness today.