What is a Dexascan?
Many factors like weight, age, body composition, hormone levels and gender affect your metabolic rate. Understanding your metabolic rate allows your athletic trainer or health professional to customize your training and weight loss program to your specific body needs. Take advantage of both the Resting Metabolic Rate Testing and the ARC Mobile Dexa Scan to get a clear picture of what you’re made of.
Dexa Scan, used in clinical settings, is the gold standard of body composition measuring. It takes a comprehensive snapshot of your exact breakdown of bone, fat tissue and muscle mass. With this powerful tool and a customized plan, you’ll make the most of your fitness efforts. Use your first scan as your baseline, then come back every 3 to 6 months for another to see the inside impact your training has on your body.
At ARC, you can take full advantage of our Dexa Scan technology without a note from your doctor. Hand your results to your personal trainer so you can receive the benefits of a customized workout. Take your report to your primary care physician and stay on top of potential health issues. Our scans are affordable so you can get one at least twice a year to see how your workout and nutrition routines affect your body composition.
How Does a Dexascan Work?
The Dexa Scan is the most widely used test to measure bone mineral density. The denser the bone, the less x-rays pass through. The more dense your bone, generally the stronger it is and less likely to fracture.
The Dexa Scan process is similar to that of an x-ray. The Dexa machine uses low-energy x-rays and sends two different sources through the bone. These two sources are used to double the accuracy in measuring your bone density. The amount of x-rays coming through the bone from both sources is sent to a computer which calculates and average score for the density of your bone.
A Dexa Scan is more accurate than regular x-rays or CAT scans and requires less radiation exposure. This is the best method of diagnosing and monitoring osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Increased fat in the Android region of the abdomen leads to what is described as “apple shaped,” while increased fat in the Gynoid region around the hips and thighs leads to what is described as “pear shaped.” Understanding where fat is stored on your body is an important predictor of the potential health risks of obesity.
CoreScan estimates the Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT) content within the android region. VAT is a specific type of fat associated with several types of metabolic diseases such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. CoreScan results have been validated for adults between ages 18-90, and with a BMI in the range of 18.5-40.
ARC owns the only Mobile Dexa Scan unit in Oklahoma
Resting Metabolic Rate Test (RMR)
The RMR test determines how many calories your body uses while at rest. The measurement is made by analyzing the amount of oxygen your body uses and the amount of carbon dioxide it produces. Carbon dioxide is produced when your body breaks down carbohydrates and fats to make energy. The percentage of the energy created from carbohydrates and fats can be determined by measuring the carbon dioxide your body produces.
This information helps you know how many calories you need each day to maintain or lose weight.
During the RMR test, you relax in a chair wearing a face mask that covers your mouth and nose while your oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide output are measured for 10 minutes. The key to getting the most accurate results is your ability to remain as relaxed as possible.
To prepare for your RMR test, you should not eat or drink anything other than water for at least 4 hours before. You should also avoid exercise and physical labor during that time.
Take your results to your ARC trainer to get a customized nutrition and work out plan to reach your fitness goals.
- Dexa Scan: $70
- RMR Testing: $40
- Dexa Scan + RMR Testing: $99
- 2 Dexa Scan + RMR Testing: $149
Call for group or corporate pricing. Let us help you develop healthier employees with an ARC Mobile Dexa Scan and a fitness plan.