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

Cardiovascular DEXA Screening

A DXA scan can be used as part of a cardiovascular risk assessment. Analyzing body composition and bone density may help to assess certain cardiovascular risk factors, such as the presence of abdominal aortic calcification, which has been found to be a marker of increased risk for cardiovascular events.

Heart Health Risk in Kelowna

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death worldwide.

People affected by CVDs may go undiagnosed until the occurrence of a serious heart failure event such as stroke, heart attack, and myocardial infarction. DEXA scan is an imaging test that measures your bone health, body fat, and muscle mass. These measurements can help detect anomalies earlier, in order to:

DEXA Medical Imaging

The term “dexa” stands for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, a technology that uses two low-energy X-ray beams for assessing body composition and bone density.

This non-invasive test produces images measuring the amount of tissue per range – bone mineral, lean mass, and fat mass. It is one of the most accurate methods to determine bone density and potential problems related to bone loss.

Measurement Precision

While a regular X-ray can show changes in bone density after bone loss of about 40%, a DEXA scan can detect changes of about 2-4%, making it more sensitive and accurate. This information could help health professionals to identify people at risk of stroke, metabolic disturbances, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer.

Vascular Calcification Imaging

During a DXA examination, lateral spine single-energy images can be captured and are commonly used to identify vertebral fractures. These images simultaneously capture the presence of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) associated with cardiovascular disease in older individuals.

Body Visualization

One of the most precise methods of determining the amount of visceral fat deposits is by taking a DEXA test. Body composition measurement with DXA can look beyond weight and the traditional body mass index (BMI) to determine body fat distribution. The precise imaging can give a detailed breakdown of your body mass, from the weight of your bones to the total fat and lean tissue.

Long Term Health

DXA tests can also help health care providers spot bone loss in people who might have no symptoms.

The earlier bone disease can be diagnosed, the sooner treatment can be started to improve the condition and/or keep it from getting worse, particularly in the elderly. This preventative test can also monitor increased health risks due to poor body composition. Visceral fat cannot be measured with BMI and scales, so it goes undetected.

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DexaCan Plan Options

The DEXA scan is the gold standard procedure for body composition analysis. We offer multiple plans for you to choose from.

DexaCan is more than your average medical clinic.

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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.

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.


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