The DXA (Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) is able to quantify fat and non-bone body mass as well as the mineral content of the deeper bone structures.

Ideal for the assessment of body composition and assessing changes over time, whether it be a nutritional intervention or a period of physical activity training. The DXA is sensitive enough to assess changes in muscle and fat mass to report individual changes resulting from injury rehabilitation, weight loss or use as a baseline measure of body composition and bone health.


How it works

The densitometer uses two low-dose x-rays that read bone mass and soft tissue simultaneously, connected to specialised computer software that is able to reconstruct an image of underlying tissues, bone, fat and fat free body mass. The DXA then calculates bone mineral density by using the mineral content and area of specific bones.

This technology is the gold standard for assessment of body composition as well as bone density, because of the level of precision it provides, and the results are repeatable. Testing also presents little burden on the subjects.

Measurement costs (Albany only)

First visit: $100
Subsequent visits: $80
Clinic visit: $60

Click here to book your body composition measurement

If you are interested in receiving more information regarding the DXA measurement please complete the registration of interest form below.

DXA - Registration of interest

Please complete this short registration form and we will be in touch regarding arrangements for making a DXA body composition assessment. Please note, DXA measurements are only currently available at the Albany campus, Auckland.

Any other queries should be directed to o.mugridge@massey.ac.nz.


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