Welcome to the BioPhotonic Scanner Wellness Program

The BioPhotonic Scanner & Antioxidant Therapies | The Measurable Difference

Company and Biophotonic Scanner History
Explained by Dr. Joe Chang

Dr. Joseph Chang


U of U Lab scanner 1999


U of U Lab scanner 2000


U of U Lab scanner 2001

S1 and S2 Everest Scanners

S1 2003 and S2 2007 Everest Scanners

Evolution of the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner

Antioxidant Scanner

With our modern life style and current circumstances the amount of free radicals in our body will get increased day by day. Increase in the amount of free radicals in the body effects us in variety of ways.

Harmful Effects with Free Radicals

  • Damage to cells
    • It depends on which part of your cells had been damaged, this damage can cause arthritis, wrinkles, cataracts, blindness, diabetes, edema & leg swelling, heart disease, cancer. For example, if the damage is your pancreas cells, you could possible develop diabetes; joint cells, you could be getting arthritis; artery cells, you could potentially get stroke or heart disease; kidney cells, you could get kidney failure.
  • Damage to DNA
    • DNA is the building blocks of the human race and it is the material that your genes are made of. Damaged DNA can cause certain genes to be turned off, turned on or destroyed and if your body repair system has failed, you may develop cancer at later stage.
  • Speed up the aging process
    • This is caused by the damage to Telomeres. A Telomere is a region of repetitive DNA at the ends of chromosomes, which protects the end of the chromosome from destruction. As you age, they get shorten until they reach a certain point which lead to the death of cell.Free radicals accelerate this process. This is where ageing comes to the picture. Your body function starts to decline and slowly they lose the ability to function properly. This is a natural process. However, there is a way to slow down this process.
  • Oxidation of LDL(bad cholesterol)
    • Oxidized LDL can lead to blood vessels blockages, blocked arteries and eventually heart attacks and strokes. These molecules are also found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

To avoid this, we need to supply more number of antioxidants to our body. Knowing the current antioxidants level in our body keeps us informed for future problems. As the Physicist J.J. Thompson aptly said, “If you can’t measure it, it’s not science.”


We can now obtain an inexpensive and non-invasive measurement of antioxidant status  with a device called the Biophotonic Scanner Raman Spectroscopy. This technology is more accurate and inexpensive and can measure antioxidant status of the body in 90 seconds.

Pharmanex Antioxidant Scanner no needles, instant results. Known as the Ultimate Nutritional Lie Detector, and expected to revolutionize Health Care.  Developed by the University of Utah, the same facility that developed the first artificial human heart, and proven by several published clinical studies.  Much more accurate than a blood or urine test, and a lot more fun to do!Finally a way for people to know exactly where they stand from the antioxidant standpoint.  No more guessing – is what I’m doing working?

The New S3 Scanner

The New S3 Scanner


Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner Measuring

Scientists from around the world are talking about a brand new invention that is on the verge of changing the way people think about antioxidant health – The Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner is a new, cutting-edge testing tool that safely measures carotenoid levels in living tissue, providing an immediate indication of a person’s antioxidant levels. Place the palm of your hand in front of the Scanner’s safe, low-energy blue light laser, and you will obtain an immediate reading of the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin – your Skin Carotenoid Score.

Antioxidants are our frontline defense against the free radicals that constantly affect our cells. Over 30,000 scientific papers have been written about free radicals and antioxidants in the last 20 years. With the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner we can now obtain an accurate measurement of your personal antioxidant level.

How does it work?

The technology of the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner is based on an optical method known as Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. Sir C. V. Raman discovered the technology in the 1920’s. Sir Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the Raman Spectroscopy in 1930. This technology has been used for many years in research laboratories and more recently for carotenoid investigations in biological systems. The scanner measures carotenoid levels in human tissue at the skin surface using optical signals. These signals identify the unique molecular structure of carotenoids, allowing their measurement without interference by other molecular substances providing the person being measured with an SCS. Pharmanex® is the exclusive owner of the patented biophotonic scanner technology for measurement of skin carotenoids invented by the University Of Utah.

In the Biophotonic Scanner, uses the fact that essentially each species of molecules in the body can generate a different set of colors of light when stimulated with a laser beam. Therefore this color spectrum is a unique optical fingerprint of a particular molecule species. The instrument uses a blue laser with a wavelength of 473 nm. When this laser hits a carotenoid molecule, a unique fingerprint spectrum with a prominent peak at 510 nm is generated by the carotenoid molecules. A green light is emitted out of the skin and captured by a highly sensitive light detector. A computer analyzes the amount of this green light and produces a numeric reading called the Skin Carotenoid Score.

Skin Carotenoid Score

Your Skin Carotenoid Score is an immediate numeric reading of your own skin carotenoid content and an important indicator of the overall strength of your body’s antioxidant defense system. Getting your Skin Carotenoid Score makes you aware of the antioxidant levels in your body-and gives you the push you need to improve your overall antioxidant health

The Measurable Difference

The use of Raman spectroscopy for biological measurements is an established scientific discipline backed by years of research. The Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner is a patented application of Raman spectroscopy for the measurement of carotenoid antioxidant nutrients in living tissue for the improvement of nutrition. The use of biophotonics to assess biological molecules in living tissue is a distinct scientific discipline, and the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner is an instrument that is based on this scientific discipline.

Peer-Reviewed Studies

The use of Raman spectroscopy for the assessment of human tissue carotenoids has been validated by at least eight peer-reviewed studies conducted by third party entities unrelated to Pharmanex or the supplementation industry. (Bernstein, 1998, 2002; Ermakov, 2004a, 2004b; Gellermann, 2004, 2002; Hata, 2000; Zhao, 2003). In addition, Pharmanex has validated the use of Raman spectroscopy for the measurement of carotenoids in several studies including a large-scale clinical screening study with 1,375 subjects that confirmed a correlation between antioxidant status and lifestyle parameters (Smidt, 2003).

A second study established efficacy of LifePak® to improve the antioxidant status of subjects over a 12-week period (Smidt, 2002), and a third study established a highly significant correlation (r=0.78, p < 0.001) between blood carotenoid levels and skin carotenoid levels as assessed by the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic scanner (Smidt, 2004a).

A fourth study was presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American College of Nutrition in Long Beach, California. The 372-subject clinical study reconfirmed the excellent correlation between skin Scanner scores and blood carotenoids, the currently accepted gold standard in research. In addition, the study demonstrated that the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner measurement has less variability than blood carotenoids (measured by the conventional HPLC method).

A fifth study was presented by Dr. James Rippe at the National Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in June 2004 (Indianapolis, IN). This study confirmed that in overweight and obese individuals the level of adipose tissue accumulation negatively influenced skin carotenoid levels, and thus antioxidant status.

By measuring the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin and generating your Skin Carotenoid Score, the Scanner provides a more accurate and reliable biomarker of your overall antioxidant health status than other methods of measuring antioxidants.

BioPhotonic measurement is destined to become the dietary assessment of the future. Anyone who is mindful of his or her current and future health will want to get scanned.