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- What is Thermal Imaging used for?Most patients come to us for breast imaging. We also use it to help in determining the cause of pain, aid in the early detection of temperature change, evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury. It can define a previously diagnosed injury or condition and identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing.
- Does it hurt to have a scan taken?No. There is no contact with the body or painful breast compression.
- What is different about your type of Thermography compared to others? Some scanners used at other clinics are industrial devices that have been modified for clinical use. Our camera is specifically designed for medical use and not used in any other industry. Our camera is specifically calibrated to read body temperatures to within 1/100th of a degree and records over 80,000 temperatures with each image. The 8-degree range allows for the smallest subtleties to be detected. It is designed to control thermal drift and does not have the infrared blocking optical lens of an industrial camera. Simply put, it is the best and most advanced camera for Medical Thermography Imaging.
- How long will the appointment take?A Thermography scan appointment will typically take 20 minutes for the Breast area and 45 minutes for Full Body imaging. Please allow additional time for paperwork, history and image review.
- How do I make an appointment?Please call us at 231-750-1055 for questions or to make an appointment. If you reach our recording, please leave your contact information. We will return your call as soon as possible.
- Do I need a referral or prior authorization?No, you do not need a referral. Some patients come to us referred by practitioners, but no prior authorization or referral is required.
- Can friends or partners come to the visit?Space may be limited, given each office location. In any case, your friend or partner can accompany you to the appointment and will be allowed to be present while we review the images with you, if you so choose.
- How will I get my exam report?Your report will be emailed to you usually within 5 working days of the day of your scan.
- Who evaluates my scan?THE EMI INTERPRETING PHYSICIAN will evaluate your scan and write a report.
- Will my insurance cover the cost?At the present time, most insurance companies do not cover the procedure. However, most HSA and FSA can be used for thermography exams. You will be given a receipt for your visit, which can be used as a medical expense for your taxes if applicable.
- How much does Digital Infrared Imaging cost?Please see our pricing sheet.
- Do you take credit cards? Yes. We accept most major credit cards including Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover as well as Cash.
- Will a Thermographic scan tell me if I have cancer? Thermography reveals temperature differences in the body. It is not a stand-alone test to diagnose cancer. Thermography is used as an adjunct tool with other medical testing to assist in the detection of disease or other dysfunction. The reason this is so important, is that a change in temperature is one of the first signs of disease. This is the reason that areas of dysfunction show up so much earlier with a Thermographic scan.
- Is Breast Thermography safe, even for pregnant or nursing women?Yes, Thermography is completely non-invasive, does not use radiation, does not compress the breast and is completely safe. Although it is not recommended during pregnancy or when lactating due to hormonal changes. Please feel free to call us to discuss your particular concerns with this issue.
- Does Thermography replace mammograms?No. Thermography and Mammography are tests based on two completely different principles; although they do complement each other. Thermography can pick up signs of inflammation and vascular changes missed by Mammography. Mammograms show dysfunction after there has been a change in density of the tissue, such as is the case with micro-calcifications or where a tumor has formed.
- What are the advantages of Thermographic Imaging?Thermography is able to produce heat maps of the body. It can image changes in local physiology and blood flow unlike other clinical exams. Unlike Mammography, accuracy of the test is not compromised by denser breast tissue.
- How does Breast Thermography compare to Mammography?Thermography is non-invasive, does not use Radiation or compression. Thermography can image the breast including all of the chest. Mammography uses Radiation and compression. Mammography images the area that is compressed. Mammography detects anatomical changes and is more precise in identifying the exact location of a lesion. Thermography detects physiological changes that occur earlier than anatomical changes.
- How Often should I have Breast Thermography done?We recommend after your initial exam, you have a 3 month follow up to establish your baseline. Then have one scan a year.
- I have a history of breast cancer; will Thermography be helpful?Yes. You can repeat Thermographic scans as often as you would like without exposure to radiation, painful compression or exposure to toxic chemicals. Thermography is a good way to record changes in body temperature patterns, that can happen quickly.
- Is Thermography appropriate for Breast Implants?Yes. The accuracy of Thermography is not affected in patients with implants. Since there is no compression or radiation, there is zero risk of causing damage to the implants.
- What parts of the body can be scanned ?Thermal images are taken of the whole body, or individual regions including breast, face, arms, legs, back, torso, etc…
- Is DITI, Thermography? Yes, DITI is Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging. Otherwise referred to as Thermography, Infrared Thermal Imaging or a Thermogram.