Procedure

Who should have this test?

All women can benefit from breast thermography screening. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30 – 50) whose dense breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography or want extra information to make their health care decisions.

This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.

It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. Thermography’s role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.

  • Step one – Schedule your appointment by calling 224-358-2741
  • Step two – Complete the intake form(s) linked to you in confirmation email
  • Step three- Follow the protocols below
  • Step four- Arrive at your appointment with your intake form and get scanned
  • Step five- Please give us a review on Google and Facebook (@Breast Thermography Center)
  • Step six -Follow through with report recommendations

Mandatory Protocols for Thermal Imaging
Patient Preparation:
Thermal imaging is a heat sensitive test. Anything which creates heat should be avoided prior to testing. Excessive metabolic activity, friction, or any of the activities listed below which will alter heat readings.
1 Month Prior:
No minor breast surgery, i.e. biopsy
We may still perform testing after biopsy. Write this in form.
1 Week Prior:
Be cautious of too much sun exposure in order to avoid sunburn. Scans will have to be rescheduled if the patient has a sunburn of any sort.
48 Hours Prior:
Men with beards should shave their face and neck, as well as backs
Avoid all tanning and limit sun exposure
24 Hours Prior:
Avoid chiropractic care, massage therapy or acupuncture
No saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, heating pads, or hot water bottles
No analgesic creams or balms
Do not shave underarms (Should be done prior)
Reschedule if you experience a significant fever
Refrain from sexual activity

Day of Exam:
For best results, please wear thong underwear or a jock strap for full body studies. Underwear is optional and best results are without.
Do not use creams, lotions, cosmetics, ointments, deodorant, antiperspirants, powders or any other skin product
Please bring a hair tie to remove hair from your forehead and back of neck
Remove all piercings and jewelry prior to exam, unless unable to.
4 Hours Prior:
Avoid hot showers or shaving
Avoid physical therapy or exercise
No coffee, tea, soda, or other beverages containing caffeine. No alcoholic beverages.
Do not smoke cigarettes or use any product which contains nicotine.
Women- do not wear a bra for the 4 hours leading up to the exam.

2 Hours Before the Exam:
Avoid hot or cold liquids
Avoid eating or chewing gum
Avoid using a cell phone
Prior to and During Exam:
Please inform us if you have a hot flash during the session
Try to relax prior to and during the exam. Stress will affect your exam.