The DXA bone densitometer examination table is padded and comfortable.
- Your name, age, height, weight and ethnicity are entered
into the computer before your exam. This information is used
to compare your results to a normal reference group.
- You are then asked to lie on your back and remain in your
normal clothing, in most cases. Belt buckles, metal or thick
plastic buttons and metal jewellery need to be removed from
the region being examined.
- The operator positions your arms and legs.
- During the exam, which is painless and typically takes
less than 10 minutes, you lie still and breath normally.
Your total body composition is calculated for various regions (arms, legs, trunk, total). Results are displayed for percent body fat, fat mass, and lean muscle mass. Your bone mineral density (BMD) may also be calculated, providing additional information about your bone health. Over time, these results can be monitored to better understand how changes in diet, lifestyle, exercise, or other interventions are influencing your body composition.