Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515

  • The seca mBCA 515 is a medical body composition analyzer validated against the gold standard recognised by medical science.
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
  •  Medical body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515
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Product code: 515 7021 099
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How can you fight it if you can't measure it?
The seca medical Body Composition Analyzer (mBCA) is the first and only body composition analyzer designed for medical use, and validated against the Four Compartment Model - the gold standard for fat mass estimation.


  • Fast and easy assessment of body composition, e.g., fat mass and body water.
  • Six modules for varied analysis of measurement data.
  • Medically precise, validated against gold standard measurement results.
  • Network-compatible with seca 360° wireless technology.
  • Simple and convenient entry and read-out of results on swiveling touch-screen display.
  • Electrodes on handrail give patients a firm stance and ensure reproducible results.
  • Integrated scale with a weighing capacity of up to 300 kg.

How can I distinguish which grip position on the electrodes is most suitable for my height?

Since the patient needs to stretch their legs and arms out as far as possible, most individuals select the lower pair of electrodes.

Taller individuals who need to bend their knees in order to grasp the lower electrodes should select the higher electrodes.


How can I interpret the phase angle?

The phase angle is an indicator of overall health, metabolic activity and nutritional status. Percentiles in the normal ranges for age and gender are suitable for interpretation of the data.

In addition to an adequate cell mass (BMI in the normal range), a pronounced muscle mass has a strong influence on the phase angle. Since men have a higher proportion of muscle than women typically men have a higher phase angle. As we age, the phase angle declines with muscle mass and metabolic changes. Low phase angle values result from reduced cell mass (underweight), chronic illness and in particular from overhydration (e.g., in dialysis).


How do I interpret the BIVA?

Bioelectrical Impedance Vector Analysis (BIVA) presents information on Total Body Water and the phase angle in a single diagram. This allows the doctor to assess the patient's hydration status, nutritional status and fitness level. By considering these values together, the doctor can distinguish, for example, an overhydrated patient with heart failure from a bodybuilder.

While the amount of body water is identically high (a bodybuilder's body water is elevated because muscle contains 75% of intracellular water), the bodybuilder has a high phase angle and the patient with heart failure has a low phase angle, given the overhydration in the extracellular area.


How do I interpret the BCC?

The Body Composition Chart has two axes. The Fat Mass (FM) is on the Y-axis and Fat-Free Mass (FFM) is on the X-axis. Each value is presented as an index, which means - as in the BMI - that the values are normalized by height. This allows a comparison to be made between a man who is 5 ft and a man that is 6.5 ft. Add the FMI and FFMI values together to yield the BMI.

The Body Composition Chart is a two-dimensional (or over time a three-dimensional) BMI that shows what contributes to weight loss - fat mass or muscle mass.

The center of the graphic is the statistical average for the specific patient. In this case, the fat mass is slightly below average for a man because the measurement point moves downwards from the midpoint. The Fat-Free Mass is above-average since the measurement point moves to the right of the midpoint.

Physically active obese people have both an increased FM and an increased FFM. This type of body composition is reflected in the points in the two upper right quadrants. A low FM with a simultaneous high FFM indicates an athletic body composition and a low FM with low FFM indicates a lean composition. An undesirable body composition is one with an elevated Fat Mass - obesity - along with a reduced Fat-Free Mass - muscle deterioration, referred to as sarcopenic obesity.


What is the best way to clean the seca mBCA after a measurement?

After measuring, the seca mBCA can be easily cleaned with a moistened disinfectant wipe.

seca recommends using products that do not contain alcohol or chlorine. The touch-display can also be safely cleaned and disinfected with the wipes.


How can I automatically recognize the patient identification number?

Hospitals use Patient IDs or case numbers to distinguish their patients. The seca mBCA is equipped with a USB interface which enables every commercially available USB barcode scanner to be connected.
If the ID is encrypted with a barcode and is available on the patient's wrist or on a card, then the patient dataset can be loaded into the system. Since there's no need for a manual search, workflow is faster and more convenient.


How do I enter height in the seca mBCA?

If you know the patient's height, you can simply enter it via the touch-screen display on the seca mBCA. Alternatively, you can connect to a seca 360° stadiometer and the exact measurement will be wirelessly transmitted to the seca mBCA.


Can I use the device if my hands are too dry or covered with hand lotion?

If your hands are very dry or covered with hand lotion, the electrode recognition function will report that contact is not good enough for a clinically precise measurement. Consequently, the measuring process will not begin.

The reason for this is insufficient skin resistance (impedance). In this case, you can simply moisten your hands very easily with a moist cloth to remove the lotion.


What's the appropriate way to measure body composition?

  • No unusual dietary or beverage behavior outside the normal routine for the patient, on the same day prior to analysis.
  • Large meals or an unusually large intake of beverages on the same day prior to assessment should also be avoided.
  • The weight of heavy clothing can be deducted with the Pre-TARE function.
  • For the most accurate results, the patient should be barefoot during the testing.
  • The positioning of the hands and feet is dictated by the design of the device, thus the physician should check and confirm that the patient is grasping the electrodes properly.
  • Measurements should not be taken within 2 hours of strenuous activity since the body's temperature is elevated and resistance in the body is altered.
  • In addition, the bladder should be emptied prior to the measuring process.


How can I print the results?

The seca mBCA can print measurements immediately after the patient has been analyzed. A series of measurements and user-defined analyses can be processed and printed by the PC software seca analytics 115 after the measurement data is transmitted.


How are the results saved?

All results from the examinations are saved in the PC software seca analytics 115, which is included with the purchase. The software also offers a patient database and other analytical functions. Data transmission to the PC can be made via Ethernet, wirelessly or USB. The hardware required for these alternatives is also included with the mBCA.

Technical Data

  • Capacity300 kg
  • Graduation50 g < 150 kg > 100 g
  • Dimensions (WxHxD)976 x 1,251 x 828 mm
  • Net Weight: 5.7 sts / 36.0 kg
  • Power Supply: Power Adapter
  • Method of measurement: 8-point Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
  • Measuring frequency: 1; 1,5; 2; 3; 5; 7,5; 10; 15; 20; 30; 50; 75; 100; 150; 200; 300; 500; 750; 1.000 kHz
  • Measurement segments: right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, right half of body, left half of body, torso
  • Measuring electricity:100 μΑ
  • Measuring period: max. 20 seconds
  • Display: 8.4" Touch-screen display, can be rotated 360°

Key-Technical Data:

  • Method of measurement 8-point Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
  • Measuring frequency 1; 1,5; 2; 3; 5; 7,5; 10; 15; 20; 30; 50; 75; 100; 150; 200; 300; 500; 750; 1.000 kHz
  • Measurement segments right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, right half of body, left half of body, torso
  • Measuring period max. 20 seconds

Functions and Properties:

  • seca 360° wireless
  • Auto-BMI
  • Multi-frequent measurement
  • Segmental measurement
  • 8 point measurement
  • Ethernet
  • Touch-display

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  • This device may not cause harmful interference.
  • This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Changes or modifications made to this equipment not expressly approved by seca may void the FCC authorization to operate this equipment.

Radiofrequency radiation exposure Information:

  • This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance of 1 m between the radiator and your body. This transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
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