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DEXA Scan - Does it help? Any places in the Los Angeles area that do it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 07, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I've been thinking about getting a DEXA scan for body composition and was wondering if anyone here has gotten it and if it has helped them in terms of motivation.. or addressing asymmetries in muscle mass..

Did you use it as a way to track changes?

How often did you check? I'd imagine one very 6 months may be reasonable to evaluate for changes in composition.

Also what is the average price? when I was in NYC I found a place that charged $450! I found a place in the bay area that charges $65. Haven't found many in the LA area where I'll be next month.

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on December 10, 2013
at 08:53 AM

UPDATE:

I ended up going to the place that Paul suggested and wrote about my results here:

http://bjjcaveman.com/2013/12/09/dexa-scan-body-composition/

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on December 10, 2013
at 08:47 AM

Just wanted to say thanks for pointing me to this direction. I ended up getting a scan and wrote a post about my results here:

http://bjjcaveman.com/2013/12/09/dexa-scan-body-composition/

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on May 09, 2013
at 09:32 PM

Thanks!!! Can't wait to check it out. It's funny, when I spoke to the UCLA endocrine lab, they quoted $200 per scan, so this is fantastic.

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on January 08, 2013
at 08:30 AM

Show the creepy picture dude.

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:26 AM

It's too bad I won't be in the bay area for a few months! I'll be sure to check it out next time I'm up there if I can't find any in SoCal.

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:25 AM

Not considering the radiation, I considered the DEXA to be a much better experience than the BodPod with more detailed information and the handout. Kind of doubt the radiation is that significant but did not research it.

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on January 07, 2013
at 05:52 PM

DEXAs are the gold standard for body fat composition. It would be very beneficial in a clinical environment or for someone looking to get liposuction. Beyond that, how your clothes fit, and how you look naked are just as beneficial, and at a much lower cost -- Although buying new clothes can get a bit expensive as you become AWESOME.

Really though, what would you do with the results? Eat less? Workout more? "Spot train"?

I got a DEXA last summer -- I wanted to see how much body fat I really had. What did i get? A number, and a pretty creepy looking picture of myself.

I wish I had taken the $150 and bought some nice steaks instead...

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on January 08, 2013
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Show the creepy picture dude.

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on May 09, 2013
at 04:55 PM

UCLA is charging only $50 per scan - check out the information at http://uclaemdr.com. Great set of people. They'll be doing VO2 Max services as well soon.

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on May 09, 2013
at 09:32 PM

Thanks!!! Can't wait to check it out. It's funny, when I spoke to the UCLA endocrine lab, they quoted $200 per scan, so this is fantastic.

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

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on December 10, 2013
at 08:47 AM

Just wanted to say thanks for pointing me to this direction. I ended up getting a scan and wrote a post about my results here:

http://bjjcaveman.com/2013/12/09/dexa-scan-body-composition/

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on January 07, 2013
at 06:11 PM

I had one a year ago and I very much enjoyed the info that I received from the procedure. I did it to get mostly info about bone density. I did it through a research university for $50, so check universities and see if you can find a deal. The doctor who did my scan did point out just a slight asymmetry in fat on my forearms and told me to consult with a trainer as to how best to solve the asymmetry...however I know that "spot reduction" can't be done, so I put that out of my mind (seriously, I forgot about it until I read your question). It was a very easy test to do - the biggest thing is to be sure you are hydrated. I don't think I would do it frequently (not every 6 months or even 1 year for sure) - it's still x-ray technology. If you want to track body fat results every 12 weeks or 6 months, I would suggest a Bod Pod. It's cheaper and less "dangerous" and I have had success with the reliability of the results at the place I have gone. It won't give you the asymmetry stuff that you desire, but knowing that is likely useless anyway.

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:25 AM

Not considering the radiation, I considered the DEXA to be a much better experience than the BodPod with more detailed information and the handout. Kind of doubt the radiation is that significant but did not research it.

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on January 07, 2013
at 06:07 PM

If you're in the bay area you probably already checked out the Body Composition Center in Redwood City: http://www.bodycompositioncenter.com/index.html.

If you can afford it and are interested in geeking out on quantified self measurement, I definitely think it's worth it. It's painless and fast.

The problem with using a mirror and how your clothes fit is that these strategies don't work to isolate body fat vs muscle mass. If you're trying to say, make weight for a MMA tournament, then you want to lost body fat without muscle mass during a cut.

Or perhaps you are trying to show that you can diet at a lower-than-conventional-wisdom amount of protein without losing muscle mass.

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:26 AM

It's too bad I won't be in the bay area for a few months! I'll be sure to check it out next time I'm up there if I can't find any in SoCal.

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on December 12, 2013
at 05:45 AM

DEXA certainly is the gold standard. Get them if you can, but consider something like the InBody series of scale for more regular usage though if one is available. Some gyms have them, so you can use it often without the cost of DEXA scans. They are super accurate, do segmental body analysis, and provide info on intracellular and extracellular body water content.

However you get the data, as far as the benefit, it's a huge deal knowing how much actual lean mass and body fat you have. I've tossed around 30 pounds within just a few months, and that could have been hard to make sense of without knowing the breakdown of what was fat loss, lean gain, probable glycogen stores, etc. It was extremely beneficial; it helps big-time with understanding weight change and fluctuations.

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on November 11, 2013
at 05:42 AM

Caveman,

I know your question is years old, but I found this new startup in LA that will being doing DEXA scans at gyms in a mobile vehicle. Their pricing seems to be very reasonable and I think they are going to track your changes over time too... Here is their website: www.body-spec.com

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:26 AM

Found a place in UCLA... but they charge $200! Kind of pricey.

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on January 07, 2013
at 06:03 PM

I plan to do it for the first time within the next couple weeks. Eastern Michigan University near me charges $40.

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