Frequently Asked Questions

Ketoscan FAQs

The human body produces ketones as by-product when burning body fat (lipolysis) – this state is called ‘ketosis’. As the lipolysis rate increases, the amount of ketones produced increases.  KETOSCAN Mini measures how fast body fat lipolysis is occurring by measuring the amount of ketones in your breath.

A ketone is composed of 3 ingredients: acetone, β-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetic acid. Acetoacetic acid is measured using urine testing (strips) and β-hydroxybutyrate is measured by testing blood (glycosuria).

Acetone has strong volatility and is emitted in your breath, so it can be measured by testing a sample of breath – this is the method by which the KETOSCAN Mini detects ketone levels.

The starting point of ketosis is around 2PPM (acetone reading) and at this level, body fat is known to be burning at a rate of around 1g per hour. As the ketone (acetone) concentration rises, body fat lipolysis starts to speed up.

It’s important to remember that high readings are not always good – the optimum level for weight loss is 10-40 PPM. If the reading is higher than that, unnecessary ketones are accumulating excessively in the body, which is not beneficial.

In very high concentrations of 60PPM or more, there is risk of ketoacidosis.

Acetone is a component of a ketone and has a strong volatility. It is emitted in your breath when your body enters ketosis – some people refer to this as ‘keto breath’. It is common for people on a ketogenic diet to experience this side effect – and some describe the smell as fruity and sweet.

The KETOSCAN Mini has a unique electrochemical cartridge which requires replacing at 300 test intervals, to guarantee continued accuracy. Find out more about our KETOSCAN Mini cartridge change service here.

You can buy KETOSCAN Mini direct from us.

KETOSCAN Mini is also available to buy at selected retailers.

Your KETOSCAN Mini will display your acetone (ketone) reading in PPM on the LED display and the app. The app will also display your ketosis level and your fat burn rates. Read more about interpreting your results here.

When you have signed into the app, it will prompt you to pair it with your device. At this point, turn on your KETOSCAN Mini (lid off, button on the side, press and hold to turn on – it will bleep) and the app will find it via bluetooth. Select the device from the list on the app (there will be only one – unless anyone nearby has one!). The bluetooth icon will appear on the LED display on KETOSCAN Mini confirming it has paired.

From here the app will guide you through set-up and using your device.

Ketoscan Mini Ketone Analyser

Looking for Ketoscan servicing?

AlcoDigital are the approved service centre for Ketoscan in the UK and Ireland. They will provide a replacement electrochemical cartridge as part of your KETOSCAN Mini service. Your device will require a service at intervals of 300 tests.