What is thermal imaging?
Thermal imaging, is a totally non-invasive, painless procedure with no radiation and no contact with the body. It is a clinical imaging technique that records the thermal patterns of your body. Your thermal images are used by your healthcare practitioner to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of your body.
What is thermal imaging used for?
To help in determining the cause of pain.
To aid in the early detection of disease and pathology
To evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury
To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition
To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing
To follow progress of healing and rehabilitation.
Is thermal imaging FDA registered?
Yes. Medical infrared imaging was FDA registered in 1982.
Is thermal imaging covered by insurance?
Some insurance carriers cover thermal imaging; most do not. Please check with your individual carrier. The CPT code for thermography is 93740 Non-invasive Physiologic Studies and Procedures. Your carrier will be able to answer your coverage questions. Our office can provide you with a super bill receipt with medical codes so that you may be reimbursed for your imaging.
What parts of the body can be scanned?
Thermal images are taken of the whole body, or individual regions including breast, head, arm, leg, torso, etc. A lumbar assessment would typically include, low back, pelvis, and legs. A cervical assessment would typically include, head and neck, upper trunk, and arms.
Neurological testing can include a “cold stress test”; this involves placing a hand or foot into a bowl of cool water, or having a cool gel pad applied to any part of the body prior to scanning.
What happens when I have a thermal scan taken?
A thermal scan takes approximately 10 — 45 minutes depending on which part of the body is being scanned. You will remove all jewelry and clothes from the part of the body being scanned (for full body scans you may wear a provided disposable spa thong if female - if male, you will keep genitalia covered w gown). A sarong or gown will cover areas not being imaged. For a breast scan, you will be ask to disrobe from the waist up.
While your skin is acclimating with the room temperature, you will be asked to sit without touching any parts of your body for a few minutes.
What do I have to do to prepare for a thermal scan?
There are a few guidelines for preparing for a thermal scan:
Do not have physical therapy, massage, or electromyography on the same day thermography is performed
Do not use lotions, deodorants, or liniments on day of test on areas to be imaged
Stay out of strong sunlight on the day of test
Who will interpret my scans and write the report?
Our thermography interpretations are reported by Dr. William Amalu, DC, DABCT, DIACT, FIACT, a board certified clinical thermologist. He is a Diplomate of the International Academy of Clinical Thermology, the American Board of Clinical Thermography, and the American Board of Medical Infrared Imaging. He’s a member of the American Academy of Thermology, the International Thermographic Society, the International Academy of Clinical Thermology and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He is the principle author of the chapter on Infrared Imaging of the Breast in The Biomedical Engineering Handbook: Medical Devices and Systems, “an authoritative reference text and is considered the “bible” of biomedical engineering” by “a team of world-renowned experts”.
What certification should a thermographer have to perform this exam?
Thermographers should hold certification from a professional body with approved code of ethics and practice protocols that include quality control guidelines. Radiant Body’s thermograher has certifications from two thermology organizations; one from The International Academy of Clinical Thermology and one from The American College of Clinical Thermology.