What is Breast Thermography?
Breast Thermography uses an infrared (heat sensing) camera that detects heat variations in the breasts. Because infection, inflammation, active cysts, and tumors can cause excess blood in the breast tissue, thermography can find these early warning signs, sometimes called "hot spots" that can indicate a possible unhealthy condition.
Are all "hot spots" cancer?
Absolutely not! While locating these areas can aid in the early detection of breast cancer and inflammatory breast disease, more often these areas indicate unhealthy tissue, infection, stagnant lymphatic flow, cyst activity, inflammation, an injury, scar tissue, or a hormonal imbalance.
What can I do about a "hot spot"?
There are many actions you can take to help clear up these "hot spots". We provide you with a copy of our Breast Health Tips during your appointment and discuss how to implement them. Once you have used these Breast Health Tips for a period of time, we recommend that you have a comparison scan to see how much your breast health has improved (most patients who commit to these proactive breast health tips experience an improved scan on their next visit). You may also choose to work with a health care practitioner who specializes in breast health.
Is Breast Thermography Safe?
Yes! It is contact- free, radiation-free, and pain-free. It is safe for any woman, pregnant or lactating, women who have had breast implants, reductions, or who have had previous cancer surgeries. It is as easy as having your photo taken.
Is Thermography covered by insurance?
There are some insurance companies who reimburse for the scan. We provide each patient with the necessary paperwork to submit to their insurance (upon request). We encourage patients to send it in so we can educate insurance companies too. Before choosing a center, make sure that the technician and interpretive Thermologist, are Board Certified. This will ensure that your scan and written report will be as accurate as possible, and performed by highly trained personnel.
What does a Thermogram cost?
Scan fee is $195 (for breast scan). We ask for payment in-full at the time of the visit. We accept cash, check, or credit card ($5 fee). There is a $25 rescheduling fee and $50 cancellation fee if a change is made within 72 hours of the appointment.
What does the cost include?
At Thermography Center 4 Life, the cost includes the initial consultation, Doctor's Interpretation, a two-page written report, five breast images in gray scale and color, Image Report Explanation, our five top breast health tips.
What makes your center different from other centers?
We focus on breast wellness and disease prevention. Our mission is to see patients before there is a serious issue. This gives us the opportunity to empower you with information so you may take action immediately, to either improve or maintain your breast health. We are accessible and will support you throughout the thermography process.
What can I expect during the actual scan?
Prior to your appointment, we will email you all the necessary paperwork. Bring your completed forms to your appointment. Be sure to follow the protocols prior to your appointment, this is essential for an accurate scan.
Once at our office, we will review the paperwork for accuracy, then you will be asked to acclimate, bare form the waist up, in a cool room for 15 minutes. This allows your skin temperature to cool down, so that your scan will be as accurate as possible. Once the acclimation period has passed, the actual photographs take only a few more minutes. The entire visit is usually completed within 30-45 minutes. The written report arrives within two weeks of your appointment with us. We will review the report with you over the telephone, then email all documents directly to you.
Who interprets your scans?
Our thermographic interpreter is Robert L. Kane, DC, DABCT, FIACT. Dr. Kane began in the field of thermal imaging in 1990. He acquired his training through the International Thermographic Society and achieved Diplomate level certification through the American Board of Clinical Thermography (ABCT). He also attained Diplomate certification through the International Academy of Clinical Thermology (IACT). He currently runs a busy thermal imaging interpretation practice.
How can I learn more?
We are happy to answer any question via email or telephone: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (call or text): (559) 909-1593.