A few weeks ago someone reached out to me about getting a DEXAScan. I’ve been intrigued since I read Marcia’s post but never got around to making an appointment. Now that my schedule is a bit “flexible”, I made an appointment.
What is a DEXA Scan? It stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and is a body composition test. This test measures fat, weight, muscle, and bone density.
I went to the Naperville location after work. I arrived a few minutes early and checked out the place. The office is shared with another office which I thought was weird. You have to go through one office to get to the other one.
After filling out some paperwork, I was taken to another room for the test. There was a table with a scanner attached to it. The machine can be intimidating but don’t let it scare you. The receptionist asked me to remove all metal jewelry and when I was ready, to lie still on the table. Then an x-ray wand passed over me several times and then I was done. The whole process took about 5 minutes.
Then I waited for my results. This is what I found out:
• My bone density is good. I have to thank all of my years of running for this.
• My BMI puts me in the overweight category.
• Overall body fat is high. It is 10% higher than what it should be based on my height and weight.
• Most of the fat is in the stomach. I knew that already. I can see it. Hahaha.
I am glad I took this opportunity to get this scan. I have a good idea of where I am at bodywise. I would like to go back in a few months to see if there is a difference, especially the body fat. I definitely have lots of work to do. 🙂
There are several locations you can go for a DEXA Scan. Check here to find one near you.
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