For 24 hours prior to your scan please avoid:
For 2 hours prior to your scan:
For best result, you should not have had a sun burn or have used a tanning booth within a week of your test.
Please inform the thermographer before your appointment if you have recent skin lesions (rashes, cuts or abrasions) as the resulting inflammation might cause a false positive result.
No changes in diet or medication are necessary.
Length of session varies according to complexity of health issues. Usually takes just under an hour.
Your initial appointment will last close to one hour. Subsequent appointments will take half an hour or less.
The thermographer will review your history and breast questionnaire with you prior to your scan. After discussing your history and answering any questions you might have, images will be taken of your breasts and surrounding areas, e.g., armpits where congested lymph glands can present as excess heat, and alert one to need for faciliting their lymphatic flow to prevent disease. The procedure is entirely non-invasive. There is no contact with the body at any time and the camera emits no radiation. You will be asked to pin hair back and remove all upper body clothing and jewelry. A gown or sarong will be supplied.
You are welcome to bring a companion or partner to be present during imaging.
This procedure is totally painless and there is no compression or contact with the body. The test is non invasive, uses no radiation, and is F.D.A registered.
The patient is welcomed to the practice and given an intake questionnaire and the HIPPA (patient privacy) forms to sign. This is a good time to ask any questions about the procedure.
The next step is for the patient to disrobe down to the under pants and put on a lightweight gown. This allows for the body to acclimatize to the ambient temperature of the clinic before imaging begins.
Patient information relating to symptoms and history is taken, this focuses on the primary complaints and concerns of the patient.
A full explanation is given before the imaging is started so that the patient understands what is going to take place. The patient is reassured that there is no radiation, no contact with the body and that nothing will be felt.
The test will involve a number of views being taken, each view only takes a couple of seconds, so the whole exam will be completed in a few minutes. We require the patient to remain as still as possible for the couple of seconds that the image is taken but it is not necessary to hold the breath.
We routinely take an anterior view followed by both lateral views and then a posterior view, sometimes oblique views are included.
The head and chest views are routinely taken in the seated position and the abdomen and legs, in the standing position.
The test is just like having your photograph taken, a thermographer focuses the scanner and takes an image which is saved onto the computer to be sent to a doctor for interpretation and reporting.
Once all images have been taken, the thermographer reviews the images with the patient and explains what the colors mean and what to expect from the written report which will be provided within a couple of days (urgent reports are completed sooner).
Your report will provide useful information relating to your physiological status (or function of the body). The interpreting doctor will identify any significant thermal findings that relate to your symptoms and history and give a report. Worrisome patterns will include recommendations for further clinical testing. It our hope that you and/or your treating doctor or healthcare practitioner will be alerted to any dysfunction in its early stages and be able to avoid unnecessary harmful diagnostic tests whenever possible.
Note: you must wait 3 months after giving birth, ceasing lactation, or major breast surgery before getting a thermogram due to hormonal changes.