Cardiovascular Disease

Visualise your Cardiovascular Health with Abdominal Aortic Calcification and InnerCore Visceral Fat Scans

DEXA has long been considered the gold standard measurement of body composition. Using a quick, low-dose X-ray exam our Advanced Body Composition Assessment produced whole body colour images displaying the distribution of fat mass, muscle mass, and bone.

Part of this Advanced Body Composition is the InnerCore visceral fat assessment. Visceral fat is the dangerous fat that surrounds the internal organs with high visceral fat measures indicating increased health risk of conditions including heart disease and diabetes.

DEXA Melbourne also provides the latest in DEXA technology allowing enhanced visualisation of calcified plaques in the abdominal aorta. Clinical studies have shown that abdominal aortic calcification is a significant indicator of heart disease and stroke. 1-3

At DEXA Melbourne the information from your Advanced Body Composition Assessment (including Innercore) and Abdominal Aortic Calcification scans is converted in to an easy to interpret report for your specialist providing a useful measure of potential risk of cardiovascular disease.

If you would like to find out more on why DEXA Melbourne is your preferred provider of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry visit the about us page. Our technology, skills and approach will leave you feeling confident you have made the right decision!


  1. Wilson PWF, Kauppila LI, O’Donnell CJ, et al. Abdominal aortic calcific deposits are an important predictor of vascular morbidity and mortality. Circulation. 2001;103(11):1529-34.
  2. Hollander M, HakAE, Koudstaal PJ, et al. Comparison between measures of atherosclerosis and risk of stroke: the Rotterdam Study. Stroke. 2003;34(10):2367-2372.
  3. van derMeer IM, Bots ML, Hofman A, del Sol AI, van der Kuip DAM, Witteman JCM. Predictive value of noninvasive measures of atherosclerosis for incident myocardial infarction: the Rotterdam Study. Circulation. 2004;109(9):1089-1094.

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Program Includes:

  • Latest DEXA technology available
  • Superb precision and image quality
  • 1 x Initial Full Body Scan
  • 1 x Initial Aortic Calcification Scan
  • InnerCore Visceral Adipose Tissue assessment (the dangerous fat under the muscle around the midsection)
  • Total body fat, lean muscle mass (and percentage)
  • Bone Density score

Program Steps

So what does the DEXA Melbourne Cardiovascular Health Assessment Scan Package include?

  1. Pre-Consultation Questionnaire

    Prior to coming along to your 1st appointment we will send you a pre-consultation questionnaire to complete. You will return this to us before the appointment preferably at least 24 hours before.

  2. Preparation for the scan

    When we send you then pre-consultation assessment form, there will be an additional document outlining what you need to do before the scan. It is important that you read this and follow the instructions to ensure you are best prepared for the most accurate scan results.

  3. The scans

    Our densitometrist will discuss the assessment of your pre-consultation questionnaire, ensure you have prepped correctly leading in to the scan, obtain any additional information required from you, explain the procedure for the scans, and ask you if you have any questions. You will then be positioned on the table for the scan. The first scan will only take a few minutes, and the second around 10-15 seconds. So relax and stay still!

  4. Discussion of scan results

    The reports are printed off immediately following your scan. We will run through every component of the body composition/visceral fat scan so you will understand total body fat, muscle, bone and importantly look at the dangerous fat hiding underneath the muscle around the midsection. Regional assessments comparing for example right arm vs left arm, right leg vs left leg will also be discussed. The results of the Abdominal Aortic Calcification scan will be provided for you to take and discuss with your doctor. We will also calculate resting metabolic rate. Provide professional, evidenced-based guidance to steer you in the right direction for additional support.

  5. Review scans

    Upon completion of the Cardiovascular Health Assessment Scan Package many patients choose to continue having regular ongoing review scans. We offer discounted review scans for patients who have completed the initial phase of the Cardiovascular Health Assessment Scan Package. If you would like ongoing support and accountability the frequency of review scans is best discussed directly with densitometrists.

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