Preferred Body Composition Test Method: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
What is it?
"Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), also called Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI), is a noninvasive, painless medical imaging technique used commonly in radiology. MRI provides detailed images of the body in any plane, and is used to visualize the structure and function of the body for the diagnosis and treatment of human conditions. Due to the detailed images that can be provided using this technique, it is possible to get accurate measurements of the composition of body tissue."
Why is it preferred?
Of all the composition test methods, this is the most accurate and the least strenuous on the person undergoing the test (unlike skin fold measurement, hydrostatic weighing, etc.) This technique does not use ionizing radiation (unlike CT scans, x-rays), so it is very safe and not harmful to the body. The only drawback is the high cost, but this is weighed out by the many advantages of this test method.