Thermography Protocols


Compression, radiation, and touch free breast health risk screening.

When used as part of a multimodal approach, 95% early stage cancers will be detected.

What to do before your visit

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:
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.

FULL BODY ONLY: For best results, please wear thong underwear or a jock strap for full body studies. Underwear is optional and best results are without.

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.

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