Whole Body Composition information on “Body Composition Testing Q & A” and “Body Composition Results (DXA) – Example”
What is Whole Body Composition?
MIC’s Whole Body Composition analysis gives you an accurate measurement of your lean body, fat and bone mass with minimal radiation exposure. Your body composition is determined by a test called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry or DXA.
Understanding your whole body composition is a valuable clinical tool in the management of long-term health and fitness. By assessing changes in body composition over time, professional and recreational athletes are able to customize their training to achieve specific physiological goals.
DXA is a low-dose x-ray that measures the total amount of three types of tissue in your body:
- The amount of mineral in your bones (called bone mineral content or BMC)
- Lean tissue (which is mostly muscle but includes ligament, tendons, and body organs like heart, lungs, liver, and bowels)
For most people, the measurement of interest is the amount of fat. DXA determines the total amount of fat in your body and expresses this as a percentage of your total body weight. This is referred to as % body fat.
Is there a cost?
Yes. Whole body composition analysis is not covered by Alberta Health Care Insurance.
$60 fee for this service
You will need a referral from a healthcare practitioner to book the exam.
What to expect
- When you arrive, we will ask you to change into a gown if there is any metal on your clothing since it will interfere with the measurements. We will also ask you to remove any jewellry.
- Our technologist will position you on a padded examination bed and you will need to remain still for the entire procedure which takes 7-10 minutes.
- A small arm of the DXA machine will gradually pass over you to measure your body components.
- Our technologist will provide you with a copy of the report and a copy will be sent to your healthcare practitioner, usually within 24 hours.