Preparation for Screening
Preparation for Screening is of utmost importance. Because Medical Thermal Imaging utilizes the technology of a heat sensitive digital camera it is essential that accurate results be obtained without contamination of artifacts. Artifacts are anything unnatural that would not constitute normal human physiology. The following are recommended guide lines for accurate imaging.
3 months prior to image
No major breast surgeryNo chemotherapy or radiationStop lactation and breast feeding
1 month prior to image
No minor breast surgery, i.e. breast biopsy
1 week prior to image
Avoid tanning or sunburn
24 hours prior to image
Avoid exercise, massage, or chiropractic adjustmentRefrain from steam room, sauna, hot or cold packsAvoid hot tub; sitting, bathingReschedule if you are sick with fever
Day of the image
Do not shave underarmsAvoid the use of deodorants or creams in the area to be imaged
2 Hours prior to image
Refrain from tobacco or coffeeAvoid hot or cold liquidsRefrain from exercise, bathing, showering,Avoid eating or chewing gum if you are scheduled for head and neck scanAvoid sitting directly in front of auto air conditioner when driving to appointment
What to Expect during My Appointment
During the imaging there will be no contact with your body, no injections, radiation, or fluids to consume. You will be in a comfortably cool, private room. The camera will be positioned from 4-7 feet away from you as you turn to change to the required positions.
You will be offered a gown while the thermographer reviews your personal history with you. For breast and health screening, you will remove the clothing from the upper body. For full body imaging, you will remove all clothing except for your underpants. You will be imaged by a professionally trained and certified thermographer.
When reading the images the thermologist (MD) is looking for specific patterns and symmetry on the surface of your body. The images will be included in a complete report which you will receive in approximately one week. The report gives observations, opinion and recommendations by the interpreting doctor. You can share this report with your doctor. If desired, we can then assist you to devise a plan to keep yourself healthy and / or a plan for recovery if you are challenged with a health condition.