How to use BodyMetrix
This guide will cover how to use the BodyMetrix, from taking basic measurements, measuring muscle with the scan feature and creating custom client reports.
We recommend you watch the following videos. These give an in depth overview of the features of the BodyMetrix system. Before we move onto the the more detailed features of the system, this video gives a brief understanding to the fundamentals of ultrasound measurement.
Once you have watched the series, if you still have questions get in touch. To get you going, take a look at this overview video.
Setting up your BodyMetrix
Your BodyMetrix comes with a set up CD within the flight case or box. If your laptop doesnt have a CD drive then get in touch for a software download link with the latest version.
Once you have the link or have inserted the disk, follow the onscreen prompts. Once the sofware is setup you will need to plug your BodyMetrix in via USB. Often this needs an internet connection to confirm your activation. Sometimes you may need to enter the serial number found on the back of the CD case.
Either way if you get stuck with anything just drop us an email and we will get you up and running.
One you are set up you will be eager to test out your new BodyMetrix, the best way to do this is to set up a profile for your self. Make sure you enter the details as best you can. Often adding an inaccurate date of birth will skew body fat percentage reading. This will be noticeable if you have an idea of your body fat percentage from using calipers or other device.
Once you’ve set the profile up navigate using the tabs on the top to the measure tab.
You’ll notice on this screen there is a drop down menu called current formula used. Click on this to see the options available for measurement formula’s.
The best way to practice taking measurement is to use the 1 point bicep measurement formula. Generally speaking the 1 point bicep formula gives strong amplitude signals where tissue meets. For example where fat and muscle meet and where muscle and bone meet.
The measurement data graph shows tissue thickness along the X axis and amplitude along the Y axis.
When you take a bicep measurement with bodymetrix you will see two two strong peaks. The first is often the fat thickness and the second is the fat muscle interface. We will cover measuring muscle later in this post its often better to use the scan feature to measure muscle.
Take a look at this video on how to take a basic measurement using the system.
Once you are familiar with the basics then these two videos cover what you need to know. The bodyview software differs in appearance between Windows and Mac.
Here is the video for Windows
This is the second module of training
And here are the intro videos for Mac
Interpreting Waist Measurements
Using the system is a fast and non invasive way for body composition assessments. Most sites using traditional formulas are easy to measure producing two strong ultrasound amplitudes. The first of which is the muscle fat interface and the second the muscle bone interface.
Sometimes the waist measurement will give a third peak. This is due to the separation of the subcutaneous adipose tissue.
The subcutaneous adipose tissue layer or SAT for short is in reality made of two further layers. superficial subcutaneous adipose tissue and DSAT deep subcutaneous adipose tissue.
On occasions the BodyvView software can identify the incorrect peak as the true fat layer. This isn’t a problem and can rectified in two ways. The correct athletic type when setting a client up will allow the software to pick up the correct layer.
When taking measurements you can override the result on the points list. You can do this by double clicking and imputing the correct thickness of fat tissue.
Here is video that covers how to interpret waist scan measurements.
How to Measure Muscle
One of the main reasons BodyMetrix stands apart from other devices is it ability to measure muscle.
The live scan feature will give you an inside view of muscle and fat on any body part you choose to measure. Being able to see two scans side by side has proven to be a valuable tool for health care professionals.
This powerful feature can show pre and post op recovery and rehabilitation progress.
To learn more about this feature take a look at this short video.
How to customise reports
BodyMetrix software produces a report that can be send straight from the software. Here is an example of the generic report that goes out to clients based on the data you collect.
If you want to create a custom report with your company logo. Or perhaps you want to add and remove elements from the generic report. Or add custom links to the PDF here are two short videos on how to do it for Windows and Mac.
How to create custom reports on Mac
How to scan measurement sites
Here’s how to scan specific measurement sites from the formulas available on the software. Use these videos to learn how to take accurate measurements and refine your technique.
Measurements for men
Measurements for women