Take advantage of our DEXA scanner and discover your body composition.
One of the cool things about our new PGX Program Center is the DEXA scanner. It looks a bit like a tanning bed but it is actually a unique kind of X-ray machine.
DEXA is an abbreviation for “dual energy X-ray absorptiometry.” This piece of equipment provides one of the most accurate measurements of body composition available, registering the distribution of fat and lean muscle throughout the body. A DEXA scan sends low-energy X-rays from two different sources through the body, which is about as much energy as an airport body scanner. The person lies face-up on the machine and the scanning device makes several passes over the body. It takes about 6 minutes for the scan, with the whole process taking about 15 minutes. Information from the scan is sent to a computer where calculations are done to provide a detailed score and illustrated printout that helps the nutrition and fitness experts at the PGX Center advise that individual on an appropriate program for weight management, fitness, and lifestyle changes.