Do not exercise right before conducting the test.
Strenuous exercise or sharp movements can cause temporary changes in body composition.
Can people feel a tingling sensation on their hands and feet during the test?
No. With the exception of those with sensitive tactile sense, the electrical signal sent through the body is too low to detect.
Are there any restrictions for the test such as weight, height and age and can children be accuratel
All of the InBody series have tested ranges for weight, height and age.
Weight Range: 22 - 551 lbs (10 - 250 kg)
Height Range: 3ft 1.4 in - 7ft 2.61 in (95 - 220 cm)
Age Range: 3 - 99 Years
How long does it take to perform the test?
It takes anywhere between 30 to 60 seconds depending on the models.
How high is the reproducibility of the InBody?
Under the same testing conditions, it shows within an average of +/- 2% of percent body fat.
How accurate is the InBody compared to DEXA?
The InBody is considered to be approx 98% accurate when compared against DEXA
Is BIA technology accurate?
Historically, BIA technology, devices, and results have been met with some degree of skepticism. However, InBody technology addresses these concerns with its technological features and provides great precision and accuracy for total body and regional measurements.
Are there any individuals who should not be tested with the InBody?
People with implanted defibrillators or pacemakers should not be tested. Although the electrical current that is sent through the body is extremely low, it is not recommended. Women who are menstruating will not get accurate results due to subtle changes in their body water. Pregnant women have been tested for their nutritional status and water balance. However, due to changes in water content for pregnant women, some of the results should not be interpreted as accurate.
Isn’t BMI enough to diagnose obesity?
Body Mass Index is one of the well known methods to diagnose obesity. It is used to evaluate weight in relation to height. According to BMI, athletes or muscular individuals would always be considered obese due to their large amounts of muscle. Those categorized as sarcopenic obesity (lack of muscle) would not be identified. Therefore, for the true diagnosis of obesity, you need to check percent body fat with the InBody.
What is the difference between the models, and which one is best for me?
It is not that our new models supersede older models. The InBody series have a variety of functions and data. Not everyone needs to use the most expensive model. All of the InBody series will accurately measure weight and percent body fat, and the higher priced models provide more data. For details, please refer to our Product Information Page.
What can I do with the InBody? How would the InBody be useful in my everyday practice?
Obesity is the major cause of numerous diseases. Thus, weight reduction needs to be carried out along with treatment.
Obesity Treatment: diagnosis, prescription of pharmaceuticals, exercise, effectiveness of treatment, and maintenance check-ups.
Obesity-Related Medical Treatment: (type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, growth delay of children, weight management programs, maintenance check-up, prevention of obesity and other medical conditions)
Surgery Treatment: in decision making for the necessity of surgery, in confirming surgery results and doing follow-up. The InBody can also be used for: Patients with imbalanced water : constant check of water balance, before and after hemodialysis treatment.
Discovery from operations : nutritional status check-up
Rehabilitation : prescription of appropriate treatment, effectiveness of physical therapy
Adult post-menopausal females : monitoring regular compositional change and general good health.
Is the electrical current during the test harmless to the body?
Bioelectrical impedance uses very minor currents which are absolutely harmless to the body. Its safety has been proven by acquiring medical system’s authorization in Korea, Europe, and the United States. Many medical institutions are using this metho
I’ve followed the pre-test guidelines. Any advice for when the test is in progress?
Stay balanced and centered.
Small weight discrepancies may occur if the body is off-balance or shifting on the footplates. Remain still and ensure feet are centered on footplates.
It is best to remain quiet during testing as the highly sensitive electrical frequencies may detect vocal chord vibrations and contraction of abdominal muscles, both of which normally occur when speaking.
Holding the handgrips in a relaxed manner is ideal in obtaining consistent results as it is difficult to replicate the same way muscles were contracted during subsequent tests.
Keep arms straight and away from body so that upper arms have minimal contact to the torso. This will help the InBody clearly differentiate between arm segments and trunk segment. If the arms are too close to the body, the InBody may confuse a portion of the arm segment as being part of the trunk.
What can be worn during testing?
For ideal test conditions, it is the best not to wear any accessories or metal during the test. It is also recommended to avoid wearing excessively long clothing that may come in contact with the palms of your hands or the bottoms of your feet as this may result in minor changes in weight affecting the results.
Why is it recommended to remove socks or stocking for the test?
Socks or stockings prevent the electrical current from accurately establishing a connection between the InBody and your feet resulting in incorrect data. For precise measurements, make sure that your feet have direct contact with the electrodes by centering them on the footplates.
If a retest is carried out, make sure to conduct the test under the same conditions
Identical conditions (i.e. wearing the same clothes, testing before eating or exercising etc.) should be maintained in order to assure the accuracy of the test results.
Conduct the test at normal temperatures. (68 ~77℉)
While the human body is stable at normal temperatures, body composition is susceptible to change in hot or cold weather
Do not take measurements during the menstrual cycle.
Females experience changes in body water during their menstrual cycle. This may result in measurement errors.
Do not conduct the test right after shower or sauna.
Sweating causes a temporary change in a person’s body composition.
Stand still for about 5 minutes.
Conducting the test immediately after lying in bed or sitting for a long period of time might result in a slight change in test results. This is because the body water tends to move to the lower extremities of the body as soon as the person stands or gets up.
Make sure to use the bathroom.
Do not exercise right before conducting the test.
Assure the test is conducted before a meal.
In cases where the examinee has already eaten, the test should be put off at least for two hours after the meal. This is because the food mass is included in the subject’s weight and thus, may result in measurement errors.