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What is Seca?

Electrical bioimpedance analysis reveals the components of the patients' body mass, namely muscle mass, fat mass and water mass. You also get other parameters such as phase angle, body composition graph and visceral fat tissue information. These parameters provide much more reliable data than body weight and height alone. Measurement by this method, which is non-invasive and cost-effective, takes a few seconds and, in the case of the seca mBCA analyser, provides precise and medically validated results. 

The seca mBCA is the only bioimpedance instrument for which all baseline parameters have been validated against the most precise reference method (the so-called 'gold standard') in a multicentre study based on an identical scheme. 

Advantages of body composition analysis

  • Possibility of early detection of symptoms of malnutrition through assessment of lean body mass
  • Ability to diagnose sarcopenia by assessing muscle tissue mass 
  • Ability to monitor muscle tissue loss/gain during treatment and intervene early when necessary 
  • Ability to engage and motivate patients more effectively throughout obesity treatment

How to prepare for the test:

  • It is recommended to wear light clothing on the day of measurement 
  • For best results, it is recommended to take the measurement after having a bowel movement
  • It is not recommended to drink large amounts of liquids before the test, it is best to take an hour break before the test. 
  • It is recommended to take the measurement 2-3 hours after a meal. For the most accurate results, measurements should be taken on an empty stomach. 
  • It is recommended to take a 24-hour break from training and sauna sessions before the measurement. 
  • It is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours before the test 
  • It is not recommended to drink coffee 4 hours before the examination 

Contraindications to body composition analysis:

  • electronic implants, e.g. pacemakers,
  • active prostheses,
  • electronic life support systems, e.g. artificial heart, artificial lung,
  • portable electronic medical devices, e.g. ECG recorders or infusion pumps,
  • cardiac arrhythmias,
  • pregnancy