Body Composition Laboratory

Student walking on treadmill in Body Composition Laboratory as classmates and professor watch.​​​​​​​

Know your true form

This lab can measure bone density and total body fat composition.

Body composition gives a better report on overall health than Body Mass Index or scales.

Using the lab: students

As a student, you can use the Body Composition Laboratory for class projects and research.

A certified faculty member must supervise you whenever you use the lab.

Using the lab: general public

The lab is also open to the general public.

You must have a doctor’s order to receive a scan.

Cost (for general public): $75.

All services must be paid by check or money order.

Contact us to book an appointment or get more information.

Body Composition Laboratory


Contact us to book an appointment or get more information.

Ann Kampeter Health Sciences Hall
Room 413
609 E. Cherry St.
Springfield, Mo. 65897

​​​​​​​Lab features: Lunar iDXA (for DEXA scan)​​​​​​​

Student laying down on table for body scan.​​​​​​​

A Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan is the gold standard for body composition.

DEXA is a three-component test that separates:

  • Adipose tissue
  • Lean body mass
  • Bone mineral density

It measures both subcutaneous fat (underneath the skin) and visceral fat (around the organs).

Likewise, it measures region-specific. For example, you can see if your right leg contains more body fat or muscle than your left leg.

Color-enhanced graphics also show where you have a higher density of body fat.

Measuring bone density

The DEXA scanner produces two X-ray beams, each with different energy levels.

One beam is high energy. The other beam is low energy.

Each beam measures the number of X-rays that pass through the bone.

This varies depending on the thickness of the bone.

Based on the difference between the two beams, the bone density can be measured.