“Know Thyself.” One of the simplest and most profound statements all time, it was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in the 4th century BC and remains true today. At the Centre Faixat in Barcelona, this inner knowledge of patients’ bodies is achieved through the latest cutting edge technology.
The Centre Faixat specialises in radiology and diagnostic imaging, providing digital images of whichever part of the body a medical specialist wants more information about. They work with traumatologists, rheumatologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists… every kind of medical professional that needs a closer look inside.
Patients have been referred to this centre since 1922, and although their high standards and values remain the same, the technology at their disposal has made quantum leaps ahead. Dr. Joan Faixat is the medical director and Ferran Faixat is the co-director of this centre which was founded by their grandfather Dr. Fernando Faixat. They share a few insights with us about their vocation and the revolutionary densiometry machine that is already hugely popular in America.
What are some recent applications for densiometry imaging?
It’s very useful for dieticians, sports trainers and personal coaches who help their clients to work towards optimum body shape – inside and out. The machine takes a full body scan and shows a metabolic study of body’s composition. It measures the body mass, revealing the density and distribution of bone, muscle, and fat. We’re so used to saying that someone weights, say, 60 kilos – but 60 kilos of what? An initial scan can be done when someone commits to a healthy lifestyle, with diet and exercise, and the next scans track progress and show the real results. Perhaps they’re perplexed as they have gained a kilo, but with this machine I can see what’s happened and tell them “you’ve lost 3kg of fat and gained 4kg of muscle.”
Do you think this could be a useful counter-argument to crash-diets?
It’s a cultural problem – people weigh themselves, there’s a number and that’s what you weigh, but of what? If you know what it is then it’s meaningful. This machine supposes a change of mentality – not what do you weigh, but of what is it? Larger people have a higher bone density to support their weight, and when they loose weight their bone density takes a long time to change.
How do athletes benefit from using this?
With professional athletes, we take a scan straight after they have achieved peak performance and this is used as a reference for future training. The body composition gives a good indication of dietary recommendations, both for athletes and non-athletes. For example, many athletes have no fat reserves, so they need to eat plenty of carbohydrates.
What can we learn from the distribution of body fat?
One of the most important aspects is identifying visceral fat, which builds up in the abdominal area around the main organs. This is a toxic fat that nobody should have. Cardiologists can assess your risk level by seeing how much you have and where.
Do you work with international patients?
Yes, and we’re starting to work with more. Our centre has specialists who speak English, and some German. We receive referrals from international practitioners, such as dentists, who send us their patients. It’s much easier for them when they can communicate in their own language. Any doctor from anywhere in the world can connect to our server system to view the diagnostic images, from personal trainers in the US to dieticians in Switzerland.
Would you like to add a few last words about the Centre Faixat?
We are committed to giving a quality service to all our patients. Everyone gets treated the same, and is well looked after. Appointments can be booked through our website. Our presence on portals like Doctoralia and social media platforms such as Facebook is also growing, as being close to our patients has always been a priority. If you’d like any further information about any of our services please contact us, we’re here to help you.
A growing number of expats as well as professional soccer players have already entrusted their care as well as the health of their families to this amazing Health Centre.