The Washington Institute of Sports Medicine Introduces a New Era of Body Composition Testing

The Washington Institute of Sports Medicine Introduces a New Era of Body Composition Testing

The Washington Institute of Sports Medicine Introduces a New Era of Body Composition Testing - DXA Scan Technology: Fat, Muscle, and Bone — Specifics for Each Area of Body

Have you wondered what your body is really made of? Curiosity about your fat mass is common, but attempting to only estimate fat – using skin calipers, underwater weighing or sitting in a pod - is inconsistent and inaccurate, while neglecting bone and muscle mass.  Do you want precise numbers that tell you exactly where and specifically how much fat and muscle (and even bone) you have? Most people also want to know what their real optimal Ideal Weight should be, accounting for their bone and muscle mass.

The new Gold Standard high tech DXA (also known as DEXA) Body Composition Scan measures specifics about the human body, such as the ratio of fat distribution between the waist and hips, disparity in muscle mass between the left and right sides of the body, and even bone density differences between each vertebrae of the spine. With its unsurpassed clinical accuracy, along with its ability to define each area of the body, a person undertaking subsequent exams, can see exactly where fat is being lost (or gained) and muscle gained (or lost). With the DXA results, staff can detail Ideal Weight, and Fat/Weight Loss Goals, Calorie Energy Expenditures and Activity Calories based on individualized Body Composition Values / Body Weight.

The scan is easy, convenient and non-invasive. It only takes 6 minutes and you can stay fully dressed. It gives you absolutely accurate body composition results with a color image of the body, showing skeletal bone, lean muscle, and fat; while even measuring bone density ratings. Welcome to the world of new DXA Scan Body Composition technology.

DXA is superior to all other body composition methods for validity and its meaningful data set. DXA is so precise and reproducible, that is used in many other clinical and research settings. The application of DXA to body composition is relatively new, as this technology has historically been used by medical personnel for bone scans to clinically assess bone density for diagnosing osteoporosis and osteopenia.

“The Institute’s team of expert sports medicine and health professionals, combined with the clinically State-of the-Art DXA scan, differentiates this program from all others. The Institute and all DXA staff are licensed/registered/credentialed with the Washington State Department of Health.  The expert staff has a long practice of research, application, performance and interpretation of thousands of body compositions,” said David Parker PhD, Physiologist and Executive Director of The Institute.

Anyone can self refer themselves to The Washington Institute of Sports Medicine for this test. The Institute also receives many referrals from Physicians, Nutritionists/Dieticians, Weight Loss Centers, Personal Trainers, Body Builder Groups, Martial Arts Fighters, CrossFit Gyms, and Professional Sports Teams.

Typically, people who self refer themselves for the DXA Scan may be starting a health improvement or fitness program and desire to know their true body composition values, ideal weight and how many pounds they should lose. They are also interested in knowing their calorie expenditures (basal, resting and exercise), while understanding what their calorie intake should be to maintain or lose weight. For athletes, it is all about attaining optimal performance and achieving the body that they need to succeed in their sport.

The Institute is located near the Evergreen Medical Campus in Kirkland. It was founded in 1996 by Dr. David L. Parker, a Physiologist, and Dr. Steve Bramwell, a Sports Medicine Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon, and other medical professionals in physical therapy and preventive medicine. Over the last 15 years The Institute has trained over 8,000 professional, collegiate, high school and team athletes in its Athletic Performance Programs, performed thousands of fire fighter physical exams for 10 regional fire districts and provided physical therapy for thousands of patients.  The Institute has worked with and provided Sports Medicine Support over the years to the Seattle Sounders, Seattle Thunderbirds, and college / university athletic programs. The Washington Institute of Sports Medicine is internationally recognized.

David Parker PhD
Physiologist and Executive Director of The Institute