The scanner measures the grams of lean tissue, fat and bone in your body while producing an x-ray type image of your body. The technologists use this image to measure the fat and lean mass in each of your limbs as well as the torso.
We can compare lean mass in your arms or legs to check for symmetry, as having one limb with greater lean mass than the other can predispose you to injury. We can also check the percent fat of your abdomen to ensure that it is equal to or less than your total body fat. Carrying excess fat in the abdominal region is associated with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
The scan is not diagnostic for arthritic changes, fractures or tumors - it is not the same as an x-ray that you would have taken of a broken bone.
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