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InBody Scan - FAQ

Below you will find our most commonly asked questions about the InBody Scan:

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How long does it the InBody Scan test take?
The scan is very quick, it only takes approximately 30 - 60 seconds.


Can I eat before an InBody Scan?
Yes, but it is recommended that you do not eat two hours before having an InBody Scan performed. This is because the food mass will be included in the subjects weight and may result in measurement errors.


Do I need to use the bathroom before an InBody Scan?
It is recommended that you use the bathroom before a scan. Excretions are not included in the body’s compositional elements, but they are factored into total body mass. This may result in marginal measurement errors.


How should I prepare for the scan?
It is recommended that you avoid any strenuous exercise, sharp movements, showering or sauna/steam activity prior to the test as these may result in temporary changes in the body's composition. Aside from this, there is very little you need to do prior to an InBody Scan.


Can I have an InBody Scan if menstruating?
Yes. However, it is recommended that any future re-tests you do are performed on the same day each month. It's also important to note that females experience changes in their body water during their menstrual cycle and therefore this may result in measurement errors.


I want to do a follow-up / re-test. Do I need to wear the same clothes?
Yes. It is recommended that any future tests or re-tests are done under the same conditions ie. wearing the same clothes, testing at a similar time of day, testing before exercising or eating etc.


Why do I have to remove my socks and shoes?
For precise measurements, it is important to make sure that your feet have direct contact with the electrodes on the footplate.


What should I wear for the InBody Scan test?
For best results it is recommended that you are not wearing any accessories or metal during the scan. It is also recommended that you wear light clothing that does not cover or come in contact with your hands or feet as this will interfere with the results.


Is the electrical current during the test harmless to the body?
Bioelectrical impedance testing uses very minor currents which are harmless to the body. Although the electrical current is extremely low, it is not recommended for people with implanted defibrillators or pacemakers.


Who should not be tested with the InBody Scanner?
It is not recommended for people with implanted defibrillators or pacemakers. Women who a menstrating will not get accurate results due to subtle changes in their body water. Pregnant women have been tested for their nutritional status and water balance however, due to changes in water content for pregnant women, some of the results should not be interpretted as accurate.


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Last updated: 19 September 2017