FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the difference between thermography and mammography?

Mammography assesses anatomically (mass) and thermography assesses function (inflammatory).

Does thermography squeeze the breast? Is there radiation emitted?

No. A picture is taken about four feet away to determine breast health. It is pain free and radiation free

How often will I need a breast scan?

After your initial breast scan, we suggest a second scan at three months to set a baseline. If there is no change from the first scan to the second, yearly scans are appropriate.

How fast can I get the results?

As quickly as 24 hours, but in most cases 2-3 business days.

Why haven’t I heard of thermography before? How long has it been around? Who reads my scans?

Thermography has been around almost 20 years. In the beginning, it was not accepted by many doctors due to a handful of untrained thermographers interpreting their own scans. A lot has changed since the early nineties, and thermal imaging is better than ever, worldwide – including Australia, Europe, and Asia. Scans are interpreted by board certified MDs around the globe via internet and are for medical use only. Thermography has been recognized as a viable diagnostic tool since 1987 by the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs, the ACA Council on Diagnostic Imaging, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 1988 and in 1990 by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Do I need to have a doctor’s referral in order to have this scan?

No, you do not need a referral if you are paying out of pocket or have a flex spend account. If you are submitting this procedure through an insurance company, they are more likely to reimburse if referred by a Doctor.

Can thermography see uterine cancer, lung disease, heart concerns or stomach problems?

No. Thermography reads skin blood flow. In rare cases, inflamed liver, kidney and colons appear on the stomach scan. However, thermal imaging can detect inflammation and pain (local or referred), chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, thyroid concerns, lymph congestion, phlebitis, vasculitis, TMJ, dental pathology, sinus problems, and carotid arteries.

I have heard a lot about radiation. Should I be concerned?

Yes.Each time a woman gets a mammogram, she is increasing her chance of getting cancer by approximately five percent.

My doctor states he doesn’t know enough about thermal imaging and demands I still get a mammogram. What do I do?

You should let your doctor know that you are concerned with low-level radiation and how it affects DNA. There are over 800 studies on themography. Point your doctor to the 2004 Heyes study on radiation. If not thermography, ask for a different method (ultrasound, breast MRI, ductal lavage) as a substitute. In any case, thermography can be used in conjunction with a mammogram by assessing false-positives or concurring with a sketchy mammogram. It is up to us to get the word out about the benefits of Thermography and dangers of Mammography to all doctors and radiologists.

Does insurance cover thermography?

We try and make this service affordable for everyone. Prevention should be! Insurance rarely (if ever) covers thermal imaging. However, you may use your Flex Spend dollars or Health Savings Account (HSA) money. If you still wish to check with your insurance company, call and inquire about thermography or thermal imaging insurance coverage for your specific condition. If you desire a Health Insurance Claim Form (HICFA) you will be given one with the codes already on the form. Fill out your personal information on the form and send it to your insurance company. There are no guarantees you will in fact be covered. You will still have to pay for the scan upfront. If your insurance does cover the scan, a reimbursement check for the scan will be sent to you or the balance will come off of your deductible.

 

Important note: When referred by a doctor, one copy of the scan results will go to the doctor that referred you and one copy will come directly to you. If you have no physician referral, you will be sent 2 copies of your report.

 

Some clients may wish to remain anonymous to the insurance company for personal reasons – or if they are changing insurance companies. We respect the confidentiality of each client.

Where can I find out more about thermography?

There are numerous web sites that will give you further information. You can also find useful links on our blog page and please visit the American College of Clinical Thermology’s FAQs page here.