Body Composition Scan

What is a Body Composition Scan

A DEXA scan (short for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is a special type of X-ray that measures bone mineral density (BMD) and body composition. That is, the density of your bones and the proportion of muscle fat and connective tissue within your body.

As well as being quick and painless, a DEXA scan is more effective than normal X-rays in identifying low bone mineral density.

Unlike a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or a computerised tomography (CT) scan, a DEXA scan doesn't involve being enclosed inside a tunnel or a ring, so you won't feel claustrophobic.