How BIA works

How does Tanita BIA Technology work?

All Tanita body composition monitors use advanced Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology. When you stand on a Tanita monitor, a very low, safe electrical signal is sent from four metal electrodes through your feet to your legs and abdomen. In segmental models, the four hand-held electrodes will provide extra readings for each leg, arm and abdominal area.

The electrical signal passes quickly through water that is present in hydrated muscle tissue but meets resistance when it hits fat tissue. This resistance, known as impedance, is measured and input into scientifically validated Tanita equations to calculate body composition measurements. Depending on the monitor, body composition measurements are provided in under 20 seconds.

People with an electronic medical implant, such as a pacemaker, should not use a body composition monitor. The electrical signal travelling through the body may interfere with its operation. Pregnant women should use the weight function only, all other functions are not intended for pregnant women.

What is Tanita Advanced Dual Frequency BIA Technology?

Tanita body composition monitors with Advanced Dual BIA Technology use two different frequencies to capture your body composition data. By using different frequencies, even higher accuracy of measurements can be achieved.

What is Tanita Multi-Frequency BIA Technology?

Tanita Multi-Frequency Monitors are able to measure impedance at three, five or six different frequencies. The additional frequencies provide an exceptional level of accuracy compared to single frequency monitors and also makes it possible to estimate extra-cellular water, intra-cellular water and total body water. This information is essential for providing a detailed insight into a personal health status and for indicating health risks such as severe dehydration or edema (water retention).

Why is Tanita technology the best in the market?

There are several reasons why Tanita's BIA technology is superior to anything else on the market:

Prediction equations for reliable results

Every Tanita body composition monitor uses patented equations researched and developed by body composition experts to deliver accurate body composition measurements. The algorithm includes additional information such as gender, age and height alongside weight and impedance data collected from thousands of people worldwide to ensure the most Reliable results possible.

Scientific excellence recognized worldwide

Tanita BIA monitors have been more extensively validated against alternative body composition techniques than any other brand of monitor on the market. In addition, Tanita body composition monitors have been used in independent research studies which have highlighted Tanita as the BIA the most clinically accurate compared to other products. Tanita's Medical Advisory Board and its extensive network of scientific experts ensure Tanita remains at the forefront of scientific advances.

Precision weighing guarantees accurate measurements

Accurate weight measurements ensure the highest body composition measurement accuracy. Tanita prides itself on manufacturing precise weighing mechanisms for both home-use and professional models that guarantee accuracy to the nearest 50g or 100g.  In fact, Tanita professional models are designed for 300,000 weighing’s before requiring service.