Body scans



  • Saw a doco on a guy who decided to enter Mr Western Australia and was getting regular body scans at a specialist centre to monitor his body fat percentage. Looked sort of like an MRI but different scan type. Gave results of fat, muscle, bone etc I've also heard they can pick up abnormalities you may not even be aware of.

    Anyone here done one? I want to see what my bfp is so I can go back in a few months and check it again.



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    Saw a doco on a guy who decided to enter Mr Western Australia and was getting regular body scans at a specialist centre to monitor his body fat percentage. Looked sort of like an MRI but different scan type. Gave results of fat, muscle, bone etc I've also heard they can pick up abnormalities you may not even be aware of.

    Anyone here done one? I want to see what my bfp is so I can go back in a few months and check it again.
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    I'll ask my wife again this, as this is in her wheelhouse, but I vaguely remembering her thinking it was a waste of time and money. Something along the lines of these sorts of scans are diagnostic tools looking for reasons for symptoms in a specific area, and when you do a general scan pretty much everybody has something weird turn up. Hardly any of them cause any trouble or are something to worry about.

    As for checking what your body fat percentage is, you can see what you need in a mirror or with photos. Unless you are are going into bodybuilding or elite sport, you just don't need to do it. It's just a distraction IMO.



  • The presence of a large amount of fatty tissue between the ears (in place of a normal cerebral lobes) should be easily detectable anyway, by the desire to play in the front row.



  • Calipers by a Nutritionist or PT is the only guide you really need for the laymen like us. Or even those scales that give you a reading, not really super accurate, but if you use it once a week, it gives you which direction you are trending - up or down!



  • I am having issues with those body fat scales Bart. Had a nice trend going and then bang up 1.2% from last time grrrr (see my thread). Gonna check in again next week and see what the deal is.



  • guide only, depends on your water etc too, they are not the best that is for sure. But so long as weigh in day is always the same, and the day previous and the day of weigh in the food intake / exercise the same, you should get a rough guide. They sure do suck though when they go up as opposed to down!



  • Well I usually weigh in on tuesdays as opposed to weds.

    Put the small biceps down to usually doing them 1 day before check in where as this week I did em on sunday so 3 days before.

    Body fat though...hrrrmmmppphhh!