Body composition scans

What is a body composition scan?

Body composition scans use DEXA (Dual X-ray Energy Absorptiometry) technology and have become the gold standard in assessing body fat, lean muscle and bone mass throughout the body.

Epworth Medical Imaging will also give you measurements for particular regions such as legs, arms and abdomen. This information can be used to help diagnose and monitor disease progression (such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure) and the improvement of obesity. It is also helpful as a motivational tool to coincide with exercise and dietary programs.

How should I prepare for a body composition scan?

There is no preparation required for a body composition scan but you will require a GP/Doctor referral. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you will not be able to have this examination as dictated by radiation guidelines.

On the day of your appointment

If you have a referral, please present this to Epworth Medical Imaging reception upon arrival. A radiographer will then collect you from reception and ask you to change into a gown.

The radiographer will measure your height and weight and assist with positioning you on the DEXA scanning table. An elastic band is placed loosely around your feet to keep them still.

You are required to lie still for 5-7 minutes while the examination takes place, during which time a scanning arm will pass above you. The radiographer is in the room with you at all times.


Following the examination, you will be given a hardcopy of your Body Composition scan which will include colour images and information including your body mass index (BMI), total % body fat and weight of total muscle.

You may choose to use the data and colour tissue distribution images as motivational tools and track your progress with future follow-up scans or to gain an understanding of where your body stores fat most prominently.


Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for payment on the day. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, we can lodge Medicare claims electronically so as your Medicare rebate is direct deposited into your bank account.

Pensioners and healthcare card-holders will be bulked billed for all items covered under the Medicare schedule, although some surgical procedures and scans may incur a cost, as they are not covered under Medicare. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please have your Medicare card ready to present to reception.

Locations where we offer this procedure:

Epworth Freemasons Medical Centre
Epworth Richmond

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