Frequently Asked Questions - Full Body Composition

Dual Energy Absorptiometry (DXA) – Frequently Asked Questions (Full Body Composition)

What does a full body scan tell us?
The DXA scanner can be used to measure body composition in terms of bone, fat and muscle.

Who should have a full body composition scan?
Body composition can change in health and disease. Sometimes it is useful to understand these when managing certain conditions. For example, patients following an obesity management programme (e.g. those undergoing bariatric surgery) may benefit from monitoring their composition changes.

What about athletes?
The full body composition scan will provide valuable information for athletes as they progress through their training regimes, as the ratio of muscle to fat is an important factor in their capacity for optimum performance.

How do I make an appointment for a full body composition scan?
You will have to be referred for the scan by a healthcare practitioner such as a GP, Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist (referral forms can be downloaded from this website). Once the referral form arrives at the WIOC it will reviewed by the operator prior to being passed to the clinic reception staff who will call you and schedule a convenient appointment date and time.

How much will it cost?
The scans normally cost £100 this will be confirmed at the time of booking the appointment. A £30 non-refundable deposit will be taken by card over the phone at the time of booking, and the balance of the payment taken (preferably by card) on the day of the scan.

What happens if I can’t make the appointment?
If you have to cancel an appointment due to extenuating circumstances, however re-book for an alternative date, the deposit can be transferred to an alternative appointment. If however you do not show up without notifying us, or change your mind about having the scan, the deposit of £30 is non-refundable. It is advisable to contact the clinic reception on 01443 483555 as soon as possible to notify them if you cannot make the scheduled appointment.

What happens once I’ve made an appointment?
Once you have booked an appointment you will be sent a confirmation/information letter which will also include directions by car, information on local transport and parking which is free. Inside the same envelope you will also receive a questionnaire which we kindly ask you to complete and bring with you on the day of your appointment.

What should I do if I have any questions or concerns?
You can either ring the clinic on 01443 483555 or you can speak to the operator on the day of your appointment.

What should I do when I arrive for my appointment?
You should report to the reception staff at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic who will notify the operator of your arrival. They will ask you to take a seat and wait in the waiting area until the operator calls you.

When and how do I get the results from the scan?
The results will be sent directly to your referrer normally within 2 working days. Also as a matter of courtesy, and with your consent, we will also send a copy of your results to your GP if they were not your referrer. This will assist them with your healthcare needs and allow them to arrange any additional tests or onward referral which may be required. We will ask your GP details on the questionnaire you complete prior to your scan.