dexa scan for body weight composition and visceral fat scans in Okanagan valley

DexaCan Clinic Kelowna

DXA scan :
revealing your body composition in eye-opening visual detail.

The advanced report provides a comprehensive look at the body, including bone, fat, muscle imbalances and more. Its high precision and accuracy make it one of the most reliable options available today.

What is a DEXA Scan?

Body composition assessment, also known as a DXA or DEXA scan, provides information about your bone health, body fat, and muscle mass.

This advanced diagnostic tool can evaluate your levels of physical fitness, assess your risk for developing osteoporotic fractures, and deliver precise measurements of segmental body fat and muscle distribution.

Results show you:

  • Overall body fat, lean tissue (muscle), bone weight and percentages
  • Breakdowns for both legs, arms and your torso
  • DEXA scan image showing where your body fat and muscle is distributed
  • Visceral fat (the dangerous fat around organs)

Advanced Body Composition Assessment

Accurate measurement of body composition provides valuable information for assessing, monitoring the human body.

Most people are used to stepping on a scale from now and then. But monitoring weight – while helpful – is not a precise way of assessing health and fitness progress.

Body composition measurement with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) can look beyond weight and the traditional body mass index (BMI) to determine body fat distribution.

Body composition assessment with dexa scan Okanagan
bone densitometry available at Dexa scan in Okanagan

Bone Densitometry

Bone densitometry is a safe, accurate, and painless way to measure bone density.

The DXA system takes an x-ray image and your results are compared to normal bone mineral density values based on your age, gender, and ethnicity to determine if you have high, normal, or low bone density.

This information, combined with risk factors and previous fracture history, is used to determine your risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

Find out if the DXA scan is right for you. We can help.

What Does it Measure?

Fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and dieters often use body composition scans to get a baseline of where they are now, and to objectively measure their progress.


Am I Overweight?

Are you in the healthy range? Use this tool to calc​ulate your Body Mass Index (BMI) now to know your risk for obesity-related diseases.

How Healthy Are My Bones?

Take the 1-minute quiz to determine your risk for developing osteoporosis.

Our Doctors

DexaCan's doctors are experienced general practitioners with expertise in men’s health, general practice, orthopedics, and trauma care.

Dr. Marvin Bailey CCFP, MBCHB

Dr. Marvin Bailey is a certified general practitioner with over a decade of medical experience, including men’s health, orthopedics and trauma care. As the founder of the Precision Sexual Health Clinic for Men and Gentle Procedures Clinic in Kelowna, he has helped many patients overcome health challenges and improve their quality of life.

Dr. Bailey is particularly passionate about early screening and prevention of diseases like osteoporosis and cardiovascular health, and he achieves this through utilizing the gold standard technology of DEXA scans for body composition measurements and bone density. He takes a holistic approach to patient care, focusing on addressing root causes and promoting overall health and wellness.

Originally from South Africa, he has now settled in Kelowna.  Outside of work, he loves spending time with his family and firmly believes in the power of preventative health.

Dr. Marvin Bailey is a skilled and compassionate physician who can help you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Dr. Branden Reid BSc, MD, CCFP

Dr. Branden Reid is a skilled and caring family physician with a wealth of experience spanning 14 years.

He has provided high-quality medical care to patients in Edmonton, Calgary, and now Kelowna, where he currently practices.

Dr. Reid is a dedicated family man who cherishes spending time with his loved ones. In his spare time, he enjoys staying active and taking part in various outdoor activities, such as running, swimming, and hiking.

He also has a keen interest in travel, and he loves to explore new places and immerse himself in different cultures. His travels have given him a unique perspective on healthcare, which he brings to his practice, enabling him to offer his patients meticulous care.

His commitment to his patients and his personal interests make him a valued and respected member of the medical community.

DexaCan is a DAP accredited facility. The DAP is responsible for accrediting all diagnostic facilities in BC and ensuring the services meet provincial standards of quality.

Accreditation assists diagnostic services in evaluating and improving the quality of services they provide to their patients and clients. Credentialing with the health authorities or through the College ensures physicians and surgeons working in diagnostic services have the training experience and ability to perform the services provided.

Compliant facilities receive an accreditation award and are added to the DAP list of accredited facilities.

DexaCan is more than your average medical clinic.

Our Process - What Happens During a DXA Scan?

A whole body composition scan can take as little as 3 minutes. During your exam, you will lie comfortably on a padded table while the DXA unit, an X-ray system, quickly scans your body. Radiation exposure during this exam is extremely low and involves no injections, invasive procedures or pain. Unlike some other types of tests, you won’t have to lie inside a closed tunnel or ring. Instead, you’ll lie on an open X-ray table as the scanner passes over your body. When the test is over, you’ll be able to go home.

The Results

The DEXA Scan is a quick, low dose X-ray exam that measures the three main tissues of the human body: fat, lean mass, and bone.

Who Should Get a DEXA Scan?

A DXA assessment is suitable for people on weight management programs, athletes in training as well as men and women at risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture.

It is also used for monitoring certain diseases such as Sarcopenia and Lipodystrophy and the effects of some medical therapies.
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol, triglycerides and/or lipoproteins)
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Assessment of metabolic risk profile
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes (Pre Diabetes, Type 1 or 2)
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Post-menopausal
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Cancer and cancer cachexia
  • Eating disorder and low body weight
  • Bariatric (weight loss), Gastrectomy or Intestinal Bypass Surgery
  • Major surgery
  • Muscle asymmetry or muscle wasting post-injury or surgery
  • Sarcopenia and Muscular Dystrophy
  • Monitoring of Relative Energy
  • Deficiency Syndrome (RED-S) or reduced Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR).

Why choose DexaCan for your private DEXA body scan?

Leading Expertise

Advanced body composition analysis delivered by our experienced practitioner.

Rapid Access

Contact us now for an appointment, with or without a referral.

Innovative Diagnostic Imaging

The best technology available for assessing obesity, cardiovascular, and other metabolic diseases.

Safety & Comfort

Quick 3-5 minute scan. No injections, non-invasive, painless with no patient preparation required.


5-7 mins, relaxed on the machine bed. It is all dependent on your height – the taller you are the more time the machine needs to travel. You should however allow fifteen to twenty minutes from the time you walk into the room until you leave — just to be safe.

A lateral DXA is non-invasive and has low-radiation exposure. A DEXA scan typically exposes a person to a radiation dose of about 1 to 2 microsieverts (µSv). On average, everyone is exposed to natural background radiation from the environment. This exposure amounts to about 2 to 3 µSv per day from cosmic rays from space, naturally occurring radioactive materials in the ground, and other minor sources. To compare: one dental X-ray exposes a person to about 5 µSv, which is 2.5 times the upper range of a DEXA scan. A chest X-ray exposes people to about 100 µSv, which is the equivalent to having 50 to 100 DEXA scans.

Your follow up DEXA scan depends on your personal goals, 12 weeks is most common. During the consultation our experts will be able to discuss a personalized plan with you, including when it is recommended to perform a re-scan, this can range from 4 weeks to 12 months.
No, we will not perform a DEXA scan if there is any chance you are pregnant, because it is an X-ray based test. While the radiation exposure is extremely low, we still prefer to take precautions to keep you safe.
  • Skin calipers: Measures only fat under the skin, high likelihood of technical error, not good for lean or obese people
  • Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA): High rate of false positive and false negative results, too many variables to control
  • Underwater Weighing: Being submerged in water requires heavy equipment and is time consuming
  • Bod Pod: Only a two dimensional reading based on air displacement, not readily available, very expensive
  • CT: Very high dose of radiation and expensive, not readily available for body fat measurement
  • MRI: Extremely expensive, not readily available for body fat measurement

Show your clients their progress. Even when they aren’t dropping pounds on the scale, they’re gaining muscle and losing fat.

Optimize training. When workouts are too challenging, they can damage muscle tissue. When workouts are too easy, results are slow and motivation can run low.

Find muscle imbalances. Prevent injury by finding weaknesses early.

While trace metals in an artificial joint may have some impact on DEXA accuracy overall, the effect on body fat analysis is usually negligible. Thus, patients with prosthetic hips or artificial joints can still benefit from a body composition scan.

The report presents your bone mineral density results in three ways:

  • Bone mass in grams per cm square.
  • T-score: a calculation made from the DEXA manufacturer comparing your bone mass to that of their healthy control group.
  • Z-score: a calculation made from the DEXA manufacturer comparing your bone mass to that of your peers.
A DEXA scan will give you a highly accurate baseline to help you achieve your goals. By knowing your body fat and lean tissue percentage, you can make lifestyle changes to improve your health and reduce your risk for chronic diseases.

Please contact us with questions, or to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to hear from you.

Or call us during clinic hours at 778-760-2161.

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