Congratulations! You deserve this early look at your health status! Here’s some helpful information that will help you prepare for your appointment. We look forward to meeting you!
Special Instructions for your imaging:
No breast surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatments 3 months prior to your imaging.
No breast biopsy for one month prior.
Lactation: Imaging is recommended if there is a problem or concern. However, a baseline is not recommended for at least 3 months after the last active breastfeeding.
24 hours prior to your appointment:
Avoid exercise or heavy physical activity.
No massage or lymph treatments.
No chiropractic adjustments.
No saunas, steam baths or hot tubs.
No hot or cold packs.
Day of Appointment:
Avoid heavy makeup. Oil based products on the body will affect accurate detection by the camera.
No hot shower within 4 hours of imaging.
Avoid deodorant or creams on the skin, especially oils.
No heat lamps or sunburn - you will have to reschedule
Do not shave areas to be imaged.
For head imaging, do not eat for at least 2 hours prior.
No gum chewing.
Avoid A/C or heat in the car in your seats or blowing directly on you.
You will be asked to remove all jewelry in the area to be imaged.
AT YOUR APPOINTMENT:
We often get the question, "What is it like?"
The imaging takes place in a temperature-controlled room to allow your body to cool from any external conditions. At this time, you’ll complete some simple paperwork, and privately change into a gown, leaving your underpants on.
You will be seated in front of the Thermal Imaging Camera, the technician will be on the opposite side of a privacy screen and will take digital pictures while instructing you to sit up straight and swivel on the stool into different positions. This only takes 10 to 20 minutes.
Once the imaging is complete, your technician will ask you to change back into your clothing privately.
Finally, we will sit together and review your images, payment is due at this time, and your work is complete! Easy peasy and NO reason to be nervous about a thing!
Your images and health history will be sent out to a certified physician for analysis of 1) the amount of heat and 2) the symmetry of the heat patterns.
You will receive a report of findings shortly thereafter via email. This will help you and your doctor determine any next steps.