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seca mBCA – indispensible in many medical specialties

01-24-2013 12:43 PM CET | Health & Medicine

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As every patient is unique, personalised treatment is a must. That's the basic idea behind individualized health care services that lead to customized therapy and effective treatment. For medical specialties that rely on body composition analysis for basic data, the medical Body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA makes such customization a reality.
Dr. Manfred J. Müller, professor and head of the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science, Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, said, "Body composition analysis provides a differentiated measurement of the patient's nutritional condition. After a very quick examination the doctor has all the information he needs for a sound decision about treatment."

Until now doctors had to use complex methods to get an accurate picture of a patient's body composition. The seca mBCA simplifies that complicated technology and after less than 20 seconds, it delivers all medically relevant data. The medical Body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA has been validated against medical science gold standards – using four clinical studies developed at clinics in the USA and Germany (status quo: www.seca.com/studies). By using bioelectrical impedance analysis, the seca mBCA ascertains the body's fat and muscle mass and water. Six analytical modules present the measurements in a user-friendly format and offer a precise analysis of body composition that is indispensible in many medical specialties. Alarming developments can be recognized early.

Diabetology
In the treatment of diabetes mellitus Type II, which frequently involves obesity, the doctor can use fat mass as measured by the seca mBCA to calculate energy stores and the patient's total energy expenditure per day. These values are the foundation for a dietary plan to lose weight. The seca mBCA can also determine the success of treatment designed to reduce fat mass and simultaneously increase muscle mass.
The analysis of fat-free mass can assist the doctor with early detection of ischemic edema caused by circulatory disorders.

Nephrology
The seca mBCA provides not only the fast, medically relevant measurement of total body water but also the breakdown into extracellular and intracellular water. The doctor can also keep an eye on the patient's fluid level, fat mass, fat-free mass, skeletal muscle mass and lean body mass. Malnutrition is a significant factor for high mortality risk in cases of kidney insufficiency. "The right fat and muscle mass ratios are vitally important for our dialysis patients," said Dr. Hans-H. Neumayer, Director of the Clinical Center for Nephrology, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Dr. Torsten Slowinski, Director of the Dialysis Department in the Clinical Center for Nephrology, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, is convinced. "The medical benefit of bioimpedance measurement with the seca mBCA gives the better estimate of actual volume of dialysis patients. Reaching the therapy goal of euvolemia has a very positive effect on the morbidity and mortality of these patients."

Nutritional medicine
Both obesity and malnutrition are accompanied by a change in body composition that the treating physician can detect in early stages with the help of the seca mBCA.
As the seca mBCA distinguishes, for example, between excess fluid, cachexia and a lean constitution, malnutrition can be reliably diagnosed early.
In obesity therapy the seca mBCA closely monitors the success of treatment. At a glance medical personnel can see whether the therapy goal – fat reduction and muscle increase -- has been achieved. The information also motivates the patient because he can see that his body composition is changing for the better even when his weight hits a plateau.

Additional information about seca mBCA at mbca.seca.com

Since its founding in 1840 seca has proven its skill at developing innovative weighing technology combined with practical functions. Today seca is the world market leader in medical measuring and weighing. seca’s distribution network expands into 110 countries, in addition to the seca headquarter in Germany there are ten distribution subsidiaries in countries throughout the world. seca scales and measuring instruments are sold exclusively through specialized medical dealers. The worldwide seca service network guarantees continuous maintenance of the precision instruments.
In its efforts to give doctors and nurses professional support, seca maintains close contact to the end-users of its products. With their input, seca develops innovative products tailored to the needs of the respective medical field, such as the seca 360° wireless system which supports doctors' diagnostic work and the medical Body Composition Analyzer. Modern production technology, durable materials and a worldwide quality management system guarantee that high product standards are always met.

seca gmbh & co. kg
Hammer Steindamm 9-25
22089 Hamburg, Germany
Phone +49 40 2000000
www.seca.com

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