Preparation is simple - just follow these guidelines to ensure optimum results from your imaging.
No sunbathing of the area to be imaged 5 days prior to the exam.
No use of lotions, oils, creams, powders, or makeup on the body area to be imaged the day of the exam.
For upper body and breast imaging, no use of deodorants or antiperspirants the day of the exam.
If any body areas included in the images are to be shaved, this should be done the day before the exam.
No physical therapy, EMS, TENS, ultrasound treatment, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical stimulation, sauna or steam room use, hot or cold pack use for 24 hours before the exam.
No exercise the day of the exam.
If showering, it must be no closer than 1 hour before the exam. No baths for 24 hours prior to the exam.
If not contraindicated by the patient’s doctor, avoid the use of pain medications and vasoactive drugs the day of the exam. The patient must consult with their doctor before changing the use of any medications.
For breast imaging, if the patient is nursing they should try to nurse as far from 1 hour prior to the exam as possible. The last breast nursed should be identified (e.g. right or left).
If the patient has had any surgical procedure (e.g. any type of biopsy) within the last 12 weeks, the imaging office should be notified and the surgical procedure cleared before an appointment is made.
This procedure is totally painless and there is no compression or contact with the body. The test is non invasive, uses no radiation, and is F.D.A registered.
The patient is welcomed to the practice and given an intake questionnaire and the HIPPA (patient privacy) forms to sign. This is a good time to ask any questions about the procedure.
The next step is for the patient to disrobe down to the under pants and put on a lightweight gown. This allows for the body to acclimatize to the ambient temperature of the clinic before imaging begins.
Patient information relating to symptoms and history is taken, this focuses on the primary complaints and concerns of the patient.
A full explanation is given before the imaging is started so that the patient understands what is going to take place. The patient is reassured that there is no radiation, no contact with the body and that nothing will be felt.
The test will involve a number of views being taken, each view only takes a couple of seconds, so the whole exam will be completed in a few minutes. We require the patient to remain as still as possible for the couple of seconds that the image is taken but it is not necessary to hold the breath.
We routinely take an anterior view followed by both lateral views and then a posterior view, sometimes oblique views are included.
The head and chest views are routinely taken in the seated position and the abdomen and legs, in the standing position.
The test is just like having your photograph taken, a thermographer focuses the scanner and takes an image which is saved onto the computer to be sent to a doctor for interpretation and reporting.
Your report will provide useful information relating to your physiological status (or function of the body). The interpreting doctor will identify any significant thermal findings that relate to your symptoms and history and give a report. Worrisome patterns will include recommendations for further clinical testing. It our hope that you and/or your treating doctor or healthcare practitioner will be alerted to any dysfunction in its early stages and be able to avoid unnecessary harmful diagnostic tests whenever possible.