Do pins or rods in a subject’s arms or legs affect the BIA readings?

If they are metallic and within the signal path, yes, they can impact the readings. If the person only has pins or rods on one side of the body, test the person on the opposite side. If the implants are bilateral, the person can still be tested, with the understanding that the estimated body composition values may not be accurate. HOWEVER, serial measurements would allow you to track which direction each compartment is trending, even if you didn’t have any confidence in the specific value reported.

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