Body Composition Laboratory

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The Body Composition Laboratory enhances our ability to understand the total and segmental composition of the body. Equipment contained in the lab allows for completing three-component assessment of the body (tissue, bone and water). Goals that are associated with this lab are to better understand: 1. obesity and the impact of cardiometabolic conditions on chronic diseases and health; 2. the influence of compositional changes in total and segmental aspects of the body on physical performance and 3. how changes in bone mineral content and density impacts health and performance as the body matures and ages.

Equipment contained in the Body Composition Lab is listed below.

  • Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner -Lunar Prodigy (GE Medical Systems)
  • Bioelectric Impedance Analyzer – Xitron Technologies 4200 with the ability of estimating body fluid components
  • Electronic counterbalance scales

  • Lange
  • Harpenden

  • Gulick measuring tapes

  • Anthropometers