Body Mass Composition Scan (BMC)

The quickest, easiest way to get to know your body better.

This exam provides you with information about bone density, as well as a comprehensive analysis your muscle mass and body fat. Please note: you will now need a doctor’s referral for this exam.

Understanding a body mass composition scan

A body mass composition scan uses a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner, which looks like a large, flat table with an “arm” suspended overhead.

The scanner assesses the body composition with low-dose x-rays in a comfortable, noninvasive way.

Benefits Of A BMC Scan

Low-Dose X-Rays

Weight & Body Mass Assessment

Comfortable & Noninvasive

Who needs a body mass composition scan?

Anyone can potentially derive value from the results of a body mass composition scan.  It is an ideal test for both athletes and individuals in weight management or fitness programs who would like to gauge their progress or simply measure their body fat.

The scan assessment produces colour images displaying the distribution of lean muscle mass, fat mass and bone with a percentage breakdown, translating the information into an easy-to-interpret report.

Body mass composition scans are not covered by Alberta Health Care. It is a private pay exam. The cost to you is $75.00. Although it is a private pay exam, we do require a referral from your doctor.

A journey to a healthier you

A body mass composition scan is a whole body assessment that gives you a blueprint for improving your health. Your doctor, a trainer, or even a physiotherapist might recommend you to have a body composition scan.

You will get an accurate picture of how your weight is distributed and find out how you match up against the World Health Organization’s ideal body fat percentages.

Once you have a better understanding of your body, you can use that knowledge to continue to work towards becoming the healthiest you can be.

Preparing For Your Appointment


  • Do not take calcium or vitamin supplements the day of the exam.
  • You cannot have had an x-ray procedure using barium or dye in the 7 days leading up to your exam.
  • You cannot have a BMC if you are under 18 or are pregnant.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing, with no metal (including underwire) or you may be asked to change into a gown.
  • Fasting is required for 12 hours before your appointment.
  • No exercise or alcohol for 24 hours beforehand.


  • You will be asked to empty your bladder.
  • Your height and weight will be taken.
  • The technologist will explain the exam, and have you lie on your back on the table.
  • You will be required to hold very still during the exam.


  • After a BMC, the technologists will print your results and go over them with you before you leave.
  • No information will be forwarded to your referring doctor.

BMC is private pay only

Referrals are necessary for all bookings 

Exam Duration: 15min

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Do You Need A Body Mass Composition Scan?

Contact our Camis Care team to ask questions and learn more about our body mass composition scan services.