Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have a scan after IV Contrast (injections during a medical imaging scan)?2018-02-22T15:40:05+11:00

If you have had an injection while having an MRI, Bone Scan, X-Ray or CT Scan, in the last 2 weeks, please contact us prior to booking your scan. Some injected contrast agents take 2 weeks to leave the body, while others only take 24 hours. We will need to specifically advise you. Otherwise, you can book your scan 14 days after the injection.

Is there a weight limit for DEXA scans?2018-02-22T15:38:09+11:00

Yes. The currently limit is 155kg. If you are heavier than 155kg you cannot have a scan at our facility until your weight is below this limit. However, you do have some other options. Please contact us and ask for a call back from Nicky or Leanne to discuss other ways you can have a scan.

Will I need an injection for a bone density test?2015-03-23T09:26:42+11:00

There are no injections involved in a bone density or body composition scan. Many people mistake a bone density test (a DEXA scan) for a bone scan. These are very different types of tests. A bone density test is totally painless, and does not involve any injections.

Do I need to get undressed?2017-08-15T15:52:19+10:00

For a bone density scan, items that might interfere with the results will be removed from the area to be scanned. In most places, this is your hip or hips, and your low back. Items that interfere are buttons, zips and other metallic items. Naturally, we provide a gown to protect your modesty!

In the case of a body composition scan, you will need to disrobe to underwear, and will be given a special gown to wear. We pride ourselves on the accuracy of our body composition scan, and are meticulous in our approach, as the scan needs to be repeatable, the next time you come in, which may be more than 8 weeks after. If we didn’t have you disrobe, you would have to wear exactly the same clothes, again, the next time!

How accurate is a body composition scan?2017-08-15T15:52:19+10:00

A body composition scan is highly accurate. That is why it is called the “gold standard” of body composition analysis. It involves very minimal levels of radiation and is far more accurate than bio-impedance, calipers or tape measures and scales. The only comparable methods for measuring body composition are volumetric CT (high radiation dose), dunk tank (messes up your hair!) and BodPod (which isn’t available on the Central Coast). DEXA is, by far, the most widely used in research laboratories and institutes concerned with athletic performance and human nutrition.

Accuracy with serial scans, one day apart, is around 99%, or better, depending on whether it is the bone mass, fat mass or lean mass that is being measured. We calibrate our scanner every day, and also perform additional quality assurance and quality control phantom scans, plotting them using a number of methods (moving average, precision, exponentially weighted moving average, and Shewhart chart), to make sure that our Densitometer provides you with precise, accurate and reliable results, no matter how long between scans.

Can I claim through my Health Fund?2015-03-24T13:53:54+11:00

You may be able to claim your body scan consultation with your private health fund. Please check with your provider prior to your appointment to see if you are covered. There is no Medicare item number for a Body Composition scan and therefore this cannot be claimed through private health or Medicare. If you are having a Bone Mineral Density scan to assess your risk of Osteoporosis you may be eligible for a rebate and will need to discuss this with your Doctor, or our team, who are able to assist in understanding the Medicare rules.

How often should I have a body composition scan?2017-08-15T15:52:19+10:00

We suggest getting a follow up scan at least every 3 months, however this is dependent on your health and fitness goals and the level of change you expect to see. Some people track their changes monthly, during periods of fat loss or muscle gain. If you have been referred by a GP, dietitian, exercise physiologist, other clinician or personal trainer, they will be able to advise you on this. Otherwise, you can contact our friendly staff who are happy to help you out.

Can I eat and drink on the day?2017-08-15T15:52:19+10:00

Yes. You should eat and drink, as normal, on the day of your scan. If you are on calcium supplements, it would be ideal to cease your supplement 1 day before your scan, and then commence it again, immediately after, as undigested calcium tablets may alter bone density results.

What are your opening hours?2015-09-09T21:15:51+10:00

We are open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm and offer late night appointments on Thursdays. We also open select Saturdays, to cater for groups. In addition, we are able to organised flexible bookings for groups such as sporting teams or training groups. Call 4323 9200, for more information.

What is the radiation involved?2017-08-15T15:52:19+10:00

DEXA uses a very low dose X-ray. The typical x-ray dose is less than a day of background radiation. By background radiation, we mean the usual dose that people in Australia receive from normal exposure from background sources. In Australia, the average person receives 2700 microSv of radiation, each year. A DEXA scan typically involves about 5-7 microSv– a very low dose.This is less radiation than you would experience on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne. Please note, it is not recommended having a scan while pregnant. Having a scan while breastfeeding will not have any adverse effects. And, of course, you will not be radioactive, after the scan!

Am I exposed to a lot of radiation during my scan?2015-03-24T13:55:57+11:00

You will only be exposed to a very low dose X-ray (5-7 µSv microsieverts) during your DEXA scan. Your are exposed to less radiation than travelling on a one hour domestic flight. NOTE: It is not recommended pregnant women have a scan.

How long do appointments go for?2015-03-24T13:56:20+11:00

A bodyscan takes approximately 15 minutes and a Consultation takes approximately 30 minutes. For those having a scan for the very first times, we suggest booking in for a full consultation so that our health practitioner can help you interpret your results and get the most out of them. This can be followed by a simple 15 minute body scan at your next visit.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?2015-03-24T13:56:49+11:00

A referral is not required for a Body Composition scan, however your Doctor may wish to refer you under a Team Care Arrangement Plan if you have a chronic health condition. For more information ask your doctor. Patients coming to Riverside Body Scan for a Bone Mineral Density test will require a doctor’s referral.

What should I expect to happen during a scan?2017-08-15T15:52:19+10:00

You simply lie flat on a padded table with the guidance of our experienced radiographer, and the arm of the machine passes over your body. A body composition scan takes approximately 6 minutes. A bone density scan takes approximately 10-15 minutes. We provide you with a gown to wear during your scan. All jewelry and piercings must be removed prior to your appointment.

Why should I get a bone density scan?2015-03-24T13:58:08+11:00

You should have a bone density scan if you have any risk factors for low bone density because low bone density makes you more susceptible to bone fractures.

Why should I get a body composition scan?2015-03-23T08:45:38+11:00

Because it is the most accurate way to measure your fat, lean muscle and bone density. This provides you with valuable information to make improvements to your health. For example a body composition scan can identify whether or not you are carrying dangerous fat around you organs, if you’re getting the most out of your training or nutrition program, whether you’ve lost or gained fat or muscle, if you’re consuming the ideal number of calories if you’re at risk of osteoporosis.