But it's use is not limited to the doctor's office. This is a very popular type
of scale for anyone, even for use in the home, that has a need for very accurate weight measurement.
This type of a health scale comes in a variety of
versions. There is the style where a person has to stand on a flat form to
use the scale.
There is another version that is smaller and is intended to weigh a baby or
infant. There are other versions that have ramps so that a person in a wheel chair can be weighed.
A balance beam scale is considered very accurate because of how it measures the
weight of an object. Other types of scales can be off slightly as they may be affected by gravity and even their
The balance scale measures weight on one side of the scale against the exact
same weight on the other side. This is where the name balance comes from.
A traditional balance scale has two scale pans balanced on a center point or
fulcrum. The version we are talking about is slightly different, but measures weight using the same principles.
There is a balance scale that is positioned on an off-center beam. The beam utilizes weights that are slid along a
calibrated scale. An object or person is put on a platform that off sets these weights or becomes the counter
weight. When equilibrium is reached by sliding the weights on the balance beam the weight is