A DEXA scan is a full-body scan that measures body composition. DEXA stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, and it works by emitting low-dose x-rays that absorb bone tissue and soft tissue to compile an accurate profile of your body’s compositions and density.
Patients use DEXA scans to assess their risk of osteoporosis, but it’s also a valuable weight loss tool. DEXA not only evaluates your body fat % and lean muscle mass, but it also pinpoints the exact locations of fat tissue and lean tissue. Knowing exactly where your body stores excess fat tissue can help you tailor your fitness regimen to target those areas.
And your DEXA scan can serve as a baseline for your progress as you adapt lifestyle changes to reduce your body fat and increase your lean muscle mass.
Learn more about the benefits of DEXA scans here.