Frequently Asked Questions

Body Analysis Australia is the ICN Qld preferred body scanners
How long does it take to perform a test?

InBody test takes between 1 to 3 minutes, depending if you choose to also have a blood pressure test. Interpretation of the report may take up to 10 minutes.

What can affect testing outcome?

Changes in body composition reflect body status, which may be affected by such things as disease, nutritional status, and medications. Hydration status can also affect body water, and in turn, affect results. Accessories such as jewellery may interfere with the electrical conductivity. As long as testing conditions and the testing environment are kept the same from test to test, the InBody will provide high data reproducibility.

What should I do before InBody testing?

People should not test while they have a fever, cold, or chill as body composition may not reflect typical body status. Prior to the test, it is important to go to the bathroom. People should not test after strenuous exercise or after using a sauna, steam room, or bath. People should test prior to a meal or two hours after a meal. Diuretics, such as caffeine, alcohol, and medications should not be taken before the test. People should make every attempt to be tested under the same conditions, for example, at a consistent time of day.

Are there any types of people who should not be tested on the InBody? Can pregnant women be tested? Can people with artificial electrical implants be tested?

People with artificial electrical implants such as a defibrillator or pacemaker should not be tested.
Women who are on their menstrual cycle will not get an accurate reading due to subtle changes in hydration and body water levels.
We do no recommend pregnant women be tested.

How does the InBody compare to other BIA devices? What are the major technical differences between the InBody and other BIA devices?

The use of multiple frequencies to precisely measure intracellular AND extracellular water
8-point tactile electrodes providing a direct and reproducible measurement
Segmental impedance measurements – to include accurate lean body mass measurements of the trunk
No empirical estimations required. No population-based statistical data is used in calculating results.  We measure YOU alone, not mixed in with any averages.

What are the advantages of using multiple frequencies instead of a single frequency?

Using multiple frequencies improves the precision. At single, low frequencies, it is difficult for electrical currents to penetrate the cellular membrane and assess intracellular water. As frequencies get higher, the electrical current is more capable of penetrating the cellular membrane and precisely measuring intracellular water.

How does the InBody work?

InBody devices use direct segmental measurement bioelectrical impedance analysis (DSM-BIA), a patented technology, to precisely measure body composition by sending multiple electrical currents through the body, resulting seperate readings for the trunk and each of the four limbs. The innovative in-depth analysis of the InBody 570 exam yields precise results for body composition outputs, such as body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, (segmental) lean body mass, and percent body fat.

What is Impedance?

Impedance is defined as the strength and speed of an electrical current through the body, measured in Ohms. Bioelectrical impedance analysis is based on the fact that tissues with high water content act as a conductor of an electrical current, whereas fat tissue interferes with electrical conductivity. The more fat there is in the body, the higher the impedance.

What other commonly used methods for body composition analyses exist?

Other methods of measuring body composition include DEXA, hydrostatic weighing, air displacement, and anthropometric calipers.

How often can you measure body composition?

Frequency of measurement is fully dependent on each individual or program. We recommend testing every 4-6 weeks.

How can percent body fat change within a timeframe as short as one day?

Weight and body water changes can occur with the introduction of meals and fluids, or with a change in environment. Circulation of body water may also cause changes in water distribution throughout the day. It is recommended that repeat tests be performed under the same testing conditions, in the same environment, and at the same time of day as the initial test.

Is the scan dangerous?

No, the electrical current used in the scans is extremely low, cannot be felt and is not harmful to the body.

Do I need to get undressed?

No, unlike other body composition techniques, there is no requirement to undress.  Light clothes are preferable.  Shoes and socks will need to be removed.