Frequently Asked Questions

Who reads the images and how quickly will I get my report?


Electro Medical Interpretation (EMI), our interpretation service, employs specially trained board-certified medical doctors as thermologists. You will receive your report in about 3-5 business days. We also offer urgent reporting (within 24 hours) for an extra fee of $20. The written report and images are provided via an encrypted PDF file, and/or a printed version for $5 to you and your doctor (upon written request). The report is password-protected. You will receive an email with the password before your report arrives.




What kind of training do the technicians have?


Thermography technicians are trained and certified by the American College of Clinical Thermography associated with Duke University Medical Center.




Do I need a doctor's referral?


No, you do not need a referral. For filing an insurance claim, a doctor's order is helpful.




Is it safe?


Yes, thermography is safe. Infrared scanning uses no radiation or compression of the body. In addition, the procedure is painless and FDA approved to use as an adjunct to mammogram. Unlike most diagnostic modalities, thermography is non-invasive. We do not come in contact with the client.




How long does it take?


The scan, including the time to acclimate to room temperature, will take 15-30 minutes.




Who should have thermography?


The information gained from a thermogram is valuable to women, men, and children. Thermography is an ideal tool for monitoring inflammation, vascular changes, and neurological changes in the body and can identify patterns that suggest:

  • Breast cancer risk
  • Dental pathology
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Lymphatic stagnation
  • Neuropathy and vascular disorders
  • Joint dysfunction and arthritis
Everyone has their own unique “thermal fingerprint”. By having regular comparative thermographic views, you are able to take action early. Thermography is valuable for:
  • Dense breasts
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Breasts implants
  • Post mastectomy
  • Inconclusive mammograms
  • Women from teens to age 50
  • Males




What do I need to do before and for the appointment?


First, you need to schedule an appointment: Book Now There are certain activities and products that can affect the outcome of the images. Please review the Prescan-instructions.




Will my menstrual cycle cause any issues?


No, a thermogram can be performed at any point during monthly cycles.




Why do I need to come back for another breast scan in three months?


Thermography is most valuable for monitoring changes over time. Before we can start evaluating any changes, we need to establish an accurate and stable baseline. This baseline represents your unique thermal “fingerprint,” which will only be altered by pathology. A baseline cannot be established with only a one-time scan. We would have no way of knowing if the first scan represents your normal pattern or if it already shows signs of abnormal pathology. By comparing two different scans three months apart, we are able to determine if your breast physiology is stable and suitable to be used as your normal baseline. Three months is an ideal interval between the first two scans, because it is typically the time needed for blood vessels to show visible changes. A second scan at less than three months after the first scan may miss significant changes.




Does the scan tell me if I have cancer?


Thermograms, just like mammograms and ultrasounds, are used for screening only. Only a biopsy can definitively diagnose cancer. However, thermography can show tumor development 6-8 years before mammograms can detect it, and can show lymphatic congestion as a precursor to disease.




Have any studies been conducted regarding the accuracy of themogram?


Yes, hundreds of studies have been written in medical journals. For further information please read: http://www.iact-org.org/articles/articles-review-btherm.html




Does insurance cover thermography?


Only few, very specific insurances cover this method of screening. It is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. We recommend checking with your individual insurance provider for your specific coverage. For coverage verification, we use the CPT code 93740. We do not provide billing or any assistance in heath insurance reimbursement, but we provide a detailed receipt for filing purposes.




What forms of payment do you accept?


We accept cash, checks, credit cards (except American Express), HSA, and FSA accounts. It is a self-pay service.





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