Hospital Offering Body Composition Scans
Hospital Offering Body Composition Scans

Hospital Offering Body Composition Scans

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Wyandot Memorial Hospital Women’s Health Navigator Brittany Thiel (left) and X-ray and Radiology Director Jill Yeater show the openness of the Dexa scan used to determine body composition. The overhead arm moves down the length of the body as special software captures the images to produce a detailed report of an individual’s exact breakdown of bone, fat tissue and muscle mass.

Wondering if those New Year’s resolutions are working? Find out with a complete Dexa body composition scan at Wyandot Memorial Hospital.

Dexa, or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, uses a very small dose of radiation to produce images of the inside of the body. The scanner is typically used to measure bone loss for osteoporosis, and it can also provide a comprehensive snapshot of an individual’s exact breakdown of bone, fat tissue and muscle mass.

“The Dexa body composition scan is the most accurate and precise body fat test available,” noted Women’s Health Navigator Brittany Thiel. She is scheduling the scans for those interested.

Prior to embarking on a fitness regimen, a Dexa scan can establish a baseline to highlight key areas of muscle and identify zones of fat to target during exercise. During training, the scan can monitor progress by comparing regions of muscle and fat to the original report.

X-ray and Radiology Director Jill Yeater explained the results include full-color images of the body.

“The images are powerful in motivating an individual to work on those problem areas,” Yeater stated.

The results – available the same day the scan is performed – also include detailed data for comparison.

“The best part of the Dexa body composition scan is that it only takes about 30 minutes to complete and you remain fully clothed,” Yeater added.

Thiel reported the $75 fee for the scan is not covered by insurances, but can be paid with cash, check or credit card to the hospital cashier. She recommended consulting a medical provider about the benefits and risks of the Dexa scan prior to scheduling the test.

For more information about the Dexa body composition scan, contact Thiel at 419-294-3930 or email bthiel@wyandotmemorial.org.