Yes, DEXA scans also allow you to:
Don’t let inaccurate measurements deflate your motivation and derail your momentum in achieving your health goals. Attach Gold Standard Body Composition monitoring to your efforts with the help of DEXA Melbourne. It’s the only way you’ll really know, accurately, how you’re progressing.
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Prior to booking your scan, make sure you have a valid specialists referral in place. See below "Is a DEXA scan right for you" for more info on referrals.
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.
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.
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 scan, and ask you if you have any questions. You will then be positioned on the table for the scan. The scan itself will only take a few minutes, so relax and stay still!
The report is printed off immediately following your scan. We will run through the main components of the scan so will will understand total body fat, muscle and bone. Regional assessments comparing for example right arm vs left arm, right leg vs left leg. Look at the fat hiding underneath the muscle around the midsection. Provide professional, evidenced-based guidance to steer you in the right direction for additional support.
New regulations allow a minimum time frame between scans of 12 weeks.
A maximum of 4 scans per 12 month period can be performed. Most people will not need this many. The number of scans you will need can be determined by your specialist when you obtain your referral.
"Are you eligible for a scan?"
If you are over 18 and want to get an accurate measurement of your current body composition then a DEXA scan may be right for you.
According to Victorian State Regulations, you are required to have a referral to complete your DEXA whole body scan.
See the next point on how to get a referral.>>>
"How do I get a referral"
A DEXA scan referral can be issued by either:
1. Specialist Medical Practitioner (see next tab for list of specialists; note: a GP is not eligible to provide referral for a DEXA scan)
2. Any of the following health professionals*
b. Accredited Exercise Physiologist
c. Accredited Practising Dietitian
*Providing you are a patient being clinically managed by the referrer; the reason for the referral is justified (see justified conditions on next slide>>>); and the information from the DEXA scan is required for your clinical management.
3. A DEXA Melbourne qualified practitioner^
^ To be eligible you must enrol & consent to DEXA Melbourne’s qualified health practitioner clinical management (there is no additional cost for this) and the procedure must be required to manage one of the conditions listed in “Justified Conditions”. >>>
"Lists of Specialists"
The DEXA referral can be issued by a medical practitioner with specialist registration in one of the following specialities:
i. Obstetrics and gynaecology; or
ii. Paediatrics and child health; or
iii. Pathology; or
iv. Physician; or
v. Psychiatry; or
vi. Radiation Oncology; or
vii. Radiology; or
viii. Rehabilitation Medicine; or
ix. Sport and Exercise Medicine; or
"DEXA Melbourne qualified health care practitioners can manage your care for the following:"
- Obesity (BMI at or above 30) [The formula for BMI is weight (kg) / height (mtrs) squared]
- Bariatric Surgery (weight loss surgery)
- True muscle weakness or poor physical functioning
- Anti-retroviral therapy associated with a risk of lipodystrophy
If you have any of the above and would like to enrol in a health management program with us, please call us on 0435 872 776 to discuss how to sign up. Once assessed and approved we can discuss a referral for a scan if appropriate.
Note: if you do not have any of the above justified conditions, you will require a referral from a Specialist Medical Practitioner. A Specialist Medical Practitioner can assess your case and potentially issue a referral for any of the conditions list next under "Reasons requiring a medical referral"
Please note, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you cannot have a DEXA scan.
"Scans for these reasons will require a referral from your specialist"
• Obesity (when not managed by DEXA Melbourne)
• Metabolic syndrome (including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, vascular disease)
• Assessment of metabolic risk profile
• Malnutrition (including Eating Disorders)
• Limb asymmetry or wasting post-injury or surgery
• Sarcopenia and Muscular Dystrophy (when not managed by DEXA Melbourne)
• Endocrine disorders
• Bariatric Surgery (when not managed by DEXA Melbourne)
• Major surgery
• Cancer and cancer cachexia
• Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
• Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
• Body composition assessment for sport, including aesthetic, performance or weight category requirements
• Monitoring of Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome (RED-S) or reduced Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR).
"Why should I choose your service?"
When choosing a provider it is important to look beyond price. Price doesn't equal value!
We are highly skilled, experienced clinical and sports dietitians. We wanted to develop a unique experience where customers not only get access to DEXA technology but also to accurate and personalised advice.
Therefore you will not see any options for us to provide services such as "scan only - no discussion at all or brief discussion only".
We are passionate about helping you achieve your goals. A consultation with us will provide clear direction so you don't have to guess your way through interpretation and implementation of necessary adjustments.
So every scan has a consultation attached. It's definitely worth it!
"I have lost X amount of kilos but no matter what I do I can’t seem to drop any more to get to my target weight"
When moving from being substantially overweight with a poor diet towards being conscious about what you eat (and combining this with some movement) weight will naturally start to shift down. These initial results are great and this leads to additional motivation, more effort and more weight loss. Comments from friends start to flow in and self esteem grows, motivation is up (generally more movement as well) and you continue to push downwards on the scales. Then after a while, no matter what you do, the scales do not shift. We have helped many motivated people get past this sticking point.
How do we do it? Using our expertise in accurate body composition assessment we can look beyond the scales, precisely and accurately assessing whether you are putting on some muscle, are losing fat or are indeed at a plateau.
Using our extensive professional network we can also link you in with the best people possible to provide nutrition and/or exercise advice where necessary.
"How often should I have a scan to track my progress?"
The minimum allowable time frame is 12 weeks between scans based on new Victorian Government Regulations. This provides enough time to see real, tangible changes in body composition if you are following a good healthy lifestyle incorporating nutrition and activity.