Frequently Asked Questions About Thermography
Is Thermography Safe?
Absolutely. Thermography is not only FDA approved in the United States but has been used in Europe and in many countries around the world for over 30 years. Thermography is a non-invasive test, which means there is no contact, no pain and no radiation used in screening process. Images that are created by this technology are simply measurements of the heat that naturally radiates from your body. Thermography is essentially contactless as it is reading your body's temperatures which is why it is also pain free.
Are There Any Side Effects for Thermographic Imaging?
This is a very understandable question for Thermography Patients, and we can offer a 100% guarantee there are absolutely no side effects from Thermography Exams. Although there is an imaging camera involved, the camera does not obtain images the same way as radiation-based devices which emit radiation into the body. Thermal imaging actually obtains images of your body by reading its heat signature that is radiated from your body.
How Long Does a Thermography Session Take?
This procedure time may vary depending on if you are having a section, half, or a full body scan. The total time can be between 30 minutes to 1 full hour. This will include the time it takes to adjust to the room's temperature and to go over any questions inyour medical history and /or answer any questions you may have before the scan begins.
Do I Need a Referral from My Family Doctor?
No you do not need a referral and may schedule directly with our office.
How Often Will I Need to Repeat This Procedure?
This depends on your initial findings. With low risk findings, and depending on your age and general level of health, we will recommend annual or bi-annual screening. If your findings fall a higher level of concern, it will be recommended by our reading doctor to repeat thermal imaging scan in 3 or 6 months (depending on the notes by the doctor) to establish your thermal baseline. If everything remains stable or has improved since your first scan, an annual thermal scan is then recommended going forward. Because the thermogram of a healthy woman remains remarkably constant, serial thermograms can assess tissue changes over time. A healthy initial thermogram can, therefore, serve as a baseline to compare future thermograms against.