Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)

MeasureUp is the fast, safe, comfortable way to assess what's "going on" on the inside. Our staff are accredited exercise physiologists dedicated to delivering individual health assessments and customised advice.

MeasureUp has pioneered the use of DEXA in the field of body composition measurement in Australia since 2005. We are the most experienced private organisation in the country in the interpretation of your DEXA scan results. Instrumental in this process is Dr Jarrod Meerkin. Dr Meerkin began utilising DEXA in his Masters Research work in Wollongong in 1992 and this progressed through to his PhD work at QUT in Brisbane in 1994. Dr Meerkin specialised in the use of DEXA as a tool for body composition measurement between 2000 and 2005 as a Senior Research Fellow at QUT in the School of Exercise and Sports Science working with two of the leading researchers in the country in the obesity and exercise research domain. Through his extensive experience using DEXA in research Dr Meerkin saw a need in the consumer world for this important tool and established Body Composition Australia in 2005 and subsequently MeasureUp. DEXA can accurately benchmark an individual allowing them to track changes in muscle and fat tissue. Some of our Clients include, the Wallabies (Australian Rugby Union Squad), Samantha Stosur (Winner 2011 US Women’s Open), Cas and Jonesy (Polar Adventurers), NRL Teams (Roosters, Eels, Wests Tigers, Manly and 2012 minor premiers the Bulldogs) and Hugh Jackman (Hollywood star of films such as Wolverine, Australia and The Prestige) just to name a few. Dr Meerkin has even written a program which uses the results from the DEXA scan to estimate an individuals resting metabolic rate which takes the guess work out of losing or gaining weight. MeasureUp employs Accredited Exercise Physiologists trained by Dr Meerkin. Luke Michael has been with MeasureUp for over a year. Luke is an elite kayak paddler, a dual international (Australian and USA) with 7 appearances at the World Championships and a gold medal in 2006. It is important to be aware that interpreting a total body DEXA scan requires specialised training. It can provide an individual with a large volume of information regarding your body composition but it needs to be facilitated by an expert to gain all the benefits of this relatively new technology in the field of health and wellbeing.

MeasureUp uses the worlds most advanced scanning technology from Hologic, USA. Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), assesses total body bone mineral density and highly accurate measures of the body's soft tissue composition (muscle mass and fat mass). By measuring your body's muscle mass, fat mass, and bone mineral density, MeasureUp can determine your total body fat percentage, and changes in regional body composition. We also undertake specific measures to determine your risk of Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.


We then use these results to provide specific quantitative information on your ideal caloric intake and energy expenditure, helping you achieve your health and weight loss goals and improved total body health and your ideal weight.

From every total body DEXA scan you get the following information including the Quickscan:

  • Total body bone mineral density
  • Total body muscle mass (kg)
  • Total body fat mass (kg)
  • Total body fat percentage
  • Muscle and fat mass of the trunk and each of your arms and legs
  • Central abdominal fat measurement
  • Accuracy to one tenth of a gram

Exercise Physiology consultations as part of our body composition scans are recognised by many private health funds so please check with your provider (bone density scans are not covered)

MeasureUp Cancellation Policy

There will be a 50% cancellation fee charged to your credit card if you:
  • cancel within 24-hours of your appointment OR
  • reschedule within 3-hours of your appointment
  • This allows us to offer your time to another client. MeasureUp requires all clients to leave credit card details to secure their bookings.

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    I attended the "Measure Up" van - Service was excellent, fast, efficient, and appointments on time. Congratulations.
    Reg C, Springwood NSW
    Hi Luke thanks for changing our life on Saturday! I have done one round lean and fit and one lean and strong and Darryl has shown no interes… Read more
    Mel Collins, 12WBT Member
    Hi Luke thanks for changing our life on Saturday! I have done one round lean and fit and one lean and strong and Darryl has shown no interest in joining, but after your scan he asked me on the way home yesterday about joining lean and fit..so thank you! Cheers, Mel Collins
    Mel Collins, 12WBT Member
    I knew as an exercise professional that the scale was not the best measure of body composition, but having a DEXA scan and hearing my result… Read more
    Meg Achilles, Sydney
    I knew as an exercise professional that the scale was not the best measure of body composition, but having a DEXA scan and hearing my results completely put that into perspective and shifted my focus for my goals away from the number on the scale. What I got most out of my consultation with Luke, was a targeted daily calorie intake, divided into macronutrient recommendations: specific to my body composition. You can't ignore it when it's prescribed right from your data. He also talked through what was a realistic plan for me (eg eating less during the week, and having more wiggle room on the weekends) to increase my chances of success. Without the clear guidance and tailored approach to my nutritional goals as informed by a DEXA and consultation, I would not have achieved what I did in the six weeks. Thanks again to Luke and the team at MeasureUp, and I will continue to come back to monitor my progress and composition.
    Meg Achilles, Sydney

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