Prodigy.Obesity: one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century

The prevalence of obesity has tripled in many WHO European Region countries since the 1980s, with numbers rising at an alarming rate, particularly among children. Obesity can cause physical and psychological problems and drastically increases a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. Obesity is already responsible for 2–8% of health costs and 10–13% of deaths in parts of this region.

Body composition analysis takes the numbers one step further.

  • Weight and body mass index tables don’t distinguish muscle from fat, so they are not useful in providing a complete picture of metabolic health.
  • Body composition analysis provides a highly detailed, carefully measured representation of the body’s condition.
  • GE body composition systems distinguish among fat mass, lean mass and bone to give you the in-depth information you need to help make sound therapeutic decisions.

A thorough evaluation reaps patient benefits. 
Body composition scans with DXA contribute to a thorough patient evaluation, helping you assess and monitor changes in your patient’s overall health and body condition.

  • A comprehensive view of patient health: DXA measures bone mineral content (BMC), bone mineral density (BMD), lean tissue mass, fat tissue mass, % fat and android/gynoid fat ratio with results for both total body and regions (trunk, arms, legs, pelvis).
  • Wellness assessment: Empower your patients to enhance their overall health by demonstrating how diet, exercise, meditation and other strategies can affect their condition.
  • Weight management: Motivate patients to achieve their goals by showing tangible results – where and how fast they are losing fat – thanks to your recommendations.
  • Cardio-metabolic health assessments: Understand the potential health risks of cardio-metabolic diseases, such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

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Accurate data enhance clinical confidence.

GE systems collect accurate and precise data to help ensure clinical confidence. In fact, they can distinguish very small changes in body composition as true metabolic change, not due to device variability.

Software is available on two platforms, Prodigy* and Lunar iDXA*. Choose from a full suite of capabilities or a wide range of features, including:

  • MirrorImage* increases the scan window virtually, allowing you to ascertain body composition analysis of even very obese patients.
  • Adult and paediatric reference databases, including the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) reference population data, are available for patient comparison.
  • CoreScan* optional software gives you a fast and easy way to quantify visceral fat. Algorithm processing is fully automated and designed for consistent, fast and accurate results.
  • Obtain several metabolic indices, including resting metabolic rate (RMR), which offers users the option to calculate RMR based either on empirical measurements (height, weight) or on DXA-measured, fat-free mass.

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Customer Experience

You can help change lives for the better with comprehensive testing.

  • Scans are non-invasive and take as little as five to 10 minutes.
  • Patients can wear normal (light) clothing, in most cases during the analysis.
  • Results are available instantly to help your patients visualize body composition.
  • Colour-coded images represent fat, lean, and bone.
  • Colour fat-mapping images visually represent percentage fat throughout the body.
  • Show progress and motivate greater compliance.
  • Help your patients understand the changes in their bodies and ultimately improve quality of life, maximize performance, prevent disease and manage health.

Find out more, including case study results, by downloading the following brochures:


Jim Furyk: Take a deeper look at what you’re made of with GE Healthcare’s body composition technology.



CoreScan at RSNA: Laura Stoltenberg, general manager of GE Healthcare’s Lunar business, talks about CoreScan, a new application on Lunar iDXA that accurately quantifies visceral “belly” fat during body composition analysis, recently showcased at RSNA.

Corescan on Lunar iDXA: Dr. Mary Oates, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, on why visceral fat is important, and how the Lunar iDXA can precisely quantify it during body composition exams.

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Meet Us

Visit us at these weight management congresses and events:

  • ECR’13: March 7-11; Vienna, Austria - General Electric booth
  • ECO’13 European Congress of Obesity, June 12-15; Liverpool, UK