DEXA Whole Body Composition Scan

Lake Imaging offers Whole Body Composition Scans at:


About Whole Body Composition Scans:

Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is the gold standard in Body Composition and Bone Density. A DEXA scan is a quick, and non-invasive way to accurately and reliably measure bone mineral density, total body fat and total muscle mass.

How can a scan help me improve my health?

Regular Body Composition scans can give you the knowledge to design your training program to target area specific areas. The results of your scan can also provide specific quantitative information on your ideal caloric intake and energy expenditure, helping you achieve your weight loss goals and improve your total body health.

Why Should I have a Whole Body Composition Scan at Lake Imaging?

  • DEXA is accurate to the gram, and is the quickest and easiest way to monitor the progress of your weight-loss or training regime.
  • DEXA delivers a three component scan, which includes fat, lean muscle and bone density.
  • Only a DEXA Body Composition scan can provide regional data, including arms, legs and trunk.
  • DEXA Body Composition scans enable reproducible results, meaning your progress can be tracked with the highest accuracy possible.
  • Individualised advice for fat loss and building lean tissue can be determined from the scan data.


What are the risks and side effects?

Whole Body Composition scans emit small doses of x-ray radiation. At Lake Imaging you can be assured that by using the latest technology and with staff trained in radiation reduction techniques, radiation doses are as low as possible.

If it is possible that you may be pregnant, please tell our radiology team before your x-rays are taken to avoid any risks to your unborn child.

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Who will perform my Body Composition Scan and write the report?

At Lake Imaging your examination will be carried out by a Radiographer (or Medical Imaging Technologist) who has a degree in Medical Imaging and is accredited by the Australian Institute of Radiography. An automatically generated printed report and images will be given to you following your examination.

What should I expect after my Whole Body Composition Scan?

You can resume normal activity immediately after your examination.

How do I obtain my results?

Results are given to you directly after your Body Composition scan.
A Body Composition scan will produce a bone, lean and a composition image, along with the following body measurements, accurate to one tenth of a gram:

  • Total body fat mass and total body fat percentage
  • Total body muscle mass
  • Total bone mineral density
  • Regional breakdown measurements of fat and muscle in your trunk, left/right arms, and left/right legs

Please ensure you make a follow up appointment with your personal trainer or health care provider to discuss your results.

What does the composition image tell me?

The composition image (shown on the right) gives you a very simple and effective visualisation of fat distribution and lean tissue throughout the body.
The blue or green areas represent lean tissue. The light blue ‘speckling’ shows areas of fat deposits inside your muscle. The red, orange, yellow areas (or deviations thereof) represent fat densities and distribution, with red being the most dense and yellow the least dense areas of fat in your body. The more ‘red’ in your scan, the more dense fat you have.