Fit3D Scan

Earlier this week, I had my first Fit3D Scan done at Twin Cities Metabolism. According to Twin Cities Metabolism’s website:

The Fit3D ProScanner is the most comprehensive, non-invasive assessment technology available for tracking body composition and weight loss. With the use of infrared light, a camera scans and measures over 400 points on the body which is then converted into precise body measurements. The Fit3D ProScanner eliminates the human error variable that can occur with traditional tape measurements and ensures accurate and consistent results. Once the scan is complete users will be able to track their data online on our secure web platform.

I first heard about the Fit3D from a gym whose newsletter I receive via email. They were offering the scans as part of their fitness and weight loss challenge. I immediately looked into Fit3D and was intrigued. Previously, I’d wanted to do a DEXA scan, but the cost is much higher. The Fit3D costs $25-$35 per scan, whereas the DEXA is $100 per scan.

Last week, I decided now is a great time to get my initial scan done, since it’s the start of the Moms on the Run season. In 18 weeks, when the summer program ends, I’ll get another to compare results.

My personal results were not surprising. I knew approximately what my measurements and body fat percentage were. However, they also look at body composition based on comparisons such as hip to waist ratio, trunk to leg volume ratio, etc. I learned that those numbers look very good for me, even though my body fat percentage is 10% higher than it should be. At least I have a better way, and affordable, to track progress over using the scale exclusively.

I also learned that my Fitbit Aria scale says my body fat percentage is 3.5% higher than the Fit3D. The Fit3D is typically within 1% of the DEXA, which is considered the most accurate measurement for body composition.

When arriving for a Fit3D scan, I was taken into the private room that housed the scanner and was given instructions on setting up an account on Fit3D.com, which can only be done at a scanning center. I was told once my account was set up, the screen would tell me when to step on to be weighed and scanned. For the scan, it is recommended to wear form-fitting clothing, or no clothing at all. I chose to have mine taken wearing only undergarments. I also had to put my hair up so that none of it was hanging down onto my neck.

When the screen prompted me that it was ready to weigh me, I stepped into the foot outlines on the platform. Once weight was taken, it prompted me to grab the handles on the side, adjust them to the height needed, and press both buttons simultaneously. Then, I had to stand still, keeping my head straight ahead and continuing to press the two buttons, as the platform rotated and the scanner took measurements. The platform rotates very slowly, and is done in approximately 30-40 seconds. Once finished, the screen  prompted me to let go of the handles and step off the platform; then, the platform returned to starting position. At that point, I was able to get dressed again and head back out to the reception area.

At the reception desk, an employee confirmed within a few minutes that my scan was taken properly. She also handed me a sheet that better described some of the terms I’d see on my Fit3D scan dashboard when I logged into the website. I was informed at that point that my first scan was free, though I don’t know if this is always the case.

By the time I went down four floors in the elevator and walked to the parking lot, I received an email stating that my Fit3D scan was available to view. Since I had a 40 minute drive home, I waited until I was home to log in and take a look.

When logging into the Fit3D website, there was a 3D image of my body that I was able to rotate to see all views. I honestly think this was the coolest part of the whole thing! Also on the dashboard are the measurements from the scan: weight, waist, hips, thigh, bicep, forearm, neck, bust, etc. It also gives the body fat percentage, and the body composition scores I mentioned earlier.

FitScreen

This is a sample Fit3D dashboard. No, it is not mine.

The entire process for the scan and being able to view results was less than ten minutes, and that included the clothing change! Overall, I’m glad I decided to have a scan done and am looking forward to comparing results in August.

Of course, Twin Cities Metabolism offers an array of other services, such as thyroid testing and nutrition counseling, but they did not try to sell me on those services. I appreciate the professionalism and lack of salesmanship; because of this I would recommend them if you’re in need of such services.

Have you ever done a Fit3D scan or a DEXA scan? If so, what are your thoughts?

 

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One Response to Fit3D Scan

  1. Heather, that is really cool. I have only had my body fat measured using calipers ( and that was years ago). I might try this myself!

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