The BCA provides visual images of the body that show locations of bone, lean mass and fat mass. The colour-coded system makes it easy to see exactly where you have fat and muscle on your body and provides a visual comparison of changes in the body over time. Detailed measurements of the torso, hips, abdomen and both arms and legs accompany the image to give a complete picture of body composition.
The Hologic Body Composition scan can measure as small as 1% changes in muscle and 2% changes in fat.
The frequency of BCA scans is dependent on your circumstances, goals, and program. Work with your GP, Specialist or Dietitian to determine the best scan frequency for you.
The radiation dose received during one BCA scan is equivalent to approximately one day’s worth of background radiation. Another way to think about the dose is that it is similar to what you would receive during a 1.5-hour flight (Sydney to Melbourne). The dose from a BCA scan is significantly lower than a CT scan or a standard chest X-ray.
Medicare does not cover BCA scans, so there is a cost associated with this service. We can advise of the cost when you make an appointment on 02 5525 3000.