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How should I prepare for my Body Composition Scan?

Below are guidelines for the ideal preparation before your Body Composition Analysis, however we recognise that not all recommendations may be achievable in every case. To overcome this, we suggest using your first test as a baseline, and test under similar conditions for subsequent tests to enhance accuracy when comparing progress between tests. (eg same clothes, similar testing time in relation to meals and exercise)

  • Food mass is included within your body weight. For this reason we do not recommend eating a heavy meal for 2 hours before your test for best accuracy.

  • Body waste is also included in your weight. We recommend using the bathroom just prior to the test for best accuracy.

  • Strenuous exercise can cause changes in body composition along with an increase in body temperature. Increased body temperature affects the resistance levels of your cells. For accurate results we recommend undertaking your test prior to exercise or when your body has returned to normal rest conditions.

  • Do not take the test after sitting or lying for long periods, as it may cause a slight change in test results due to body water moving to the lower extremities upon standing. Standing for 5 minutes before your test will help regulate this.

  • Do not undertake your test immediately after a hot shower or sauna / steam.

  • Females who plan to test every 4 weeks should aim to schedule their analysis outside of their menstrual cycle. The changes of body water at this time can have a minor effect on results.

  • Avoid having thermogenic supplements in your system on the day of your test as such products may increase your body temperature affecting results.

How long will the testing take?

Generally the testing should take no longer than 2 minutes. We do however allow for 15 minutes during appoints to explain the results and give advice to help clients move forward; making the most for their testing results.

Do I need to wear clothing?

You can wear whatever you are most comfortable wearing. Our Body Scanner requires that you simply remove shoes and socks to perform its testing. We can assure you that our machine is kept clean and disinfected after each client to ensure high levels of hygiene.

Is the testing safe?

Yes. Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) uses very minor currents which are completely harmless to the body. Much like smaller bio-impedance scanners, however ours produces a larger and far more comprehensive testing results.

Can I be tested if I have a pacemaker, or heart condition?

Prior to testing, we advise that you seek advice from your general practitioner.

Can I be tested if I am pregnant?

Adelaide DXA Scan reserves the right to not test women during their pregnancy. To our knowledge there is no evidence that indicates that the testing is harmful to pregnancies, we do not advise it for cautionary purposes. In addition, due to the changes in water content in pregnant women, some aspects of the test would be inaccurate.


How does your Body Scanner compare with a DXA Scanner?

Our Body Scanner has 98.4% correlation with DEXA/DXA, considered to be the highest standard method in body composition analysis. Our Scanner is radiation free and non-invasive.

By way of example, in a male or female with average body fat, our technology will produce a result with less than 0.5% variance from a DEXA scan.

Will I feel the Body Scanner performing its tests?

Generally no, the electrical signal sent through the body is too low to detect. Only those with very sensitive tactile sense may feel a very slight tingling sensation.

How do I pay for my scan?

We offer a number of ways to pay for your appointment. Appointments can be pre-booked and paid for online. Or we have services on site for EFTPOS, Credit Card and cash Payments.