Nurse

answers. 

to frequently asked questions. 

 

What are your Interpreting Physicians looking for?

Because Thermography detects inflammation and blood profusion, our Interpreting Physicians are looking for signs of lymphatic congestion, dilated ducts, injury, generalized inflammation, hormone imbalance as well as specific patterns. When they evaluate these areas, they will assess their significance and comment as to whether they see a low, moderate or high level of significance. They will also recommend a follow-up appointment for further evaluation or to establish a thermal baseline.

Does Thermography see cancer?

If I have something suspicious looking, will the doctors at least say something? Thermography does not see cancer. Imaging of the breast is not intended as a cancer detection test, as it does not suggest, confirm or rule out the possibility that cancer exists in the breast or any other area of the body. If our Interpreting Physicians see something that they would consider “thermographically significant,” they will give you a strong and intentional encouragement to seek further clinical correlation. Remember that “thermographically significant” does not necessarily mean significant for a specific disease.

Is Thermography considered “Early Detection?”

No. Thermography does not detect cancer so the word “detection” is not a part of a professional Thermographer’s vocabulary. The Thermographer takes the images and the interpreting physician interprets them. Our interpreting physicians will give you a breast HEALTH assessment and make recommendations that you and your doctor can consider in order to promote healthy breasts.

Does Thermography replace mammography?

NO. A procedure that looks at the health of the breasts does not replace a procedure that is looking for cancer. Mammography is a cancer-screening procedure that uses radiation. It is strictly looking for signs that cancer may be present. Thermography is not a standalone procedure. It is a thermographic temperature differential study of the breasts and is looking for signs to confirm breast health or that your breasts may be generally unhealthy. Our Interpreting Physicians are not looking for cancer or any other disease. Only a biopsy can diagnose cancer.

What is a baseline?

A stable thermal baseline can be established on the follow-up appointment. Our Interpreting Physicians will compare your images from your first imaging to those of your follow-up imaging. When they do this, they are looking for signs that the breasts are thermographically stable. When they see this stability, they will recommend that you come back for imaging in one year for an annual follow-up. If they do not see stability, they may recommend further clinical correlation and another follow-up in 3-6 months.

Why should I have a Full Body or a Health Study Thermogram?

The highest use of thermography is to thermally monitor dynamic changes in general health. We recommend you choose to have a thermal examination to include multiple areas of your body for your first exam, which offers you the greatest benefit of thermography. If you choose only a breast exam for your initial thermal exam, it will provide limited information regarding your general health.

Can you prevent breast cancer with Thermography?

No. We do not promote the prevention of any disease. We believe that all women deserve to have the knowledge of how to keep their breasts healthy. We teach that diet, exercise, supplementation, lymphatic dry brushing, hormone balancing as well as lifestyle choices and changes are useful ways to support breast health.

I am a cancer survivor and don't want any more radiation. Can Thermography help me monitor my breasts?

Thermography can help you monitor the health of your breasts. Because we do not see cancer, our interpreting physicians do not monitor it.

What kinds of insurance do you accept?

Thermography services are generally not covered by insurance. However, to be sure you should contact your provider. If they are, we will provide you with a Superbill that can be submitted to your provider by yourself and you can receive appropriate reimbursement.

How often should I be imaged?

Imaging frequency will be recommended by your Clinician and/or the Interpreting Physician. If areas for observation are determined, follow-up may be recommended within 3-6 months. If no issues are identified it's generally a good idea to have imaging done every 1-2 years.

Nurse

answers. 

to frequently asked questions. 

 

What are your Interpreting Physicians looking for?

Because Thermography detects inflammation and blood profusion, our Interpreting Physicians are looking for signs of lymphatic congestion, dilated ducts, injury, generalized inflammation, hormone imbalance as well as specific patterns. When they evaluate these areas, they will assess their significance and comment as to whether they see a low, moderate or high level of significance. They will also recommend a follow-up appointment for further evaluation or to establish a thermal baseline.

Does Thermography see cancer?

If I have something suspicious looking, will the doctors at least say something? Thermography does not see cancer. Imaging of the breast is not intended as a cancer detection test, as it does not suggest, confirm or rule out the possibility that cancer exists in the breast or any other area of the body. If our Interpreting Physicians see something that they would consider “thermographically significant,” they will give you a strong and intentional encouragement to seek further clinical correlation. Remember that “thermographically significant” does not necessarily mean significant for a specific disease.

Is Thermography considered “Early Detection?”

No. Thermography does not detect cancer so the word “detection” is not a part of a professional Thermographer’s vocabulary. The Thermographer takes the images and the interpreting physician interprets them. Our interpreting physicians will give you a breast HEALTH assessment and make recommendations that you and your doctor can consider in order to promote healthy breasts.

Does Thermography replace mammography?

NO. A procedure that looks at the health of the breasts does not replace a procedure that is looking for cancer. Mammography is a cancer-screening procedure that uses radiation. It is strictly looking for signs that cancer may be present. Thermography is not a standalone procedure. It is a thermographic temperature differential study of the breasts and is looking for signs to confirm breast health or that your breasts may be generally unhealthy. Our Interpreting Physicians are not looking for cancer or any other disease. Only a biopsy can diagnose cancer.

Can you prevent breast cancer with Thermography?

No. We do not promote the prevention of any disease. We believe that all women deserve to have the knowledge of how to keep their breasts healthy. We teach that diet, exercise, supplementation, lymphatic dry brushing, hormone balancing as well as lifestyle choices and changes are useful ways to support breast health.

I am a cancer survivor and don't want any more radiation. Can Thermography help me monitor my breasts?

Thermography can help you monitor the health of your breasts. Because we do not see cancer, our interpreting physicians do not monitor it.

What is a baseline?

A stable thermal baseline can be established on the follow-up appointment. Our Interpreting Physicians will compare your images from your first imaging to those of your follow-up imaging. When they do this, they are looking for signs that the breasts are thermographically stable. When they see this stability, they will recommend that you come back for imaging in one year for an annual follow-up. If they do not see stability, they may recommend further clinical correlation and another follow-up in 3-6 months.

Why should I have a Full Body or a Health Study Thermogram?

The highest use of thermography is to thermally monitor dynamic changes in general health. We recommend you choose to have a thermal examination to include multiple areas of your body for your first exam, which offers you the greatest benefit of thermography. If you choose only a breast exam for your initial thermal exam, it will provide limited information regarding your general health.

What kinds of insurance do you accept?

Thermography services are generally not covered by insurance. However, to be sure you should contact your provider. If they are, we will provide you with a Superbill that can be submitted to your provider by yourself and you can receive appropriate reimbursement.