Frequently Asked Questions about Thermography

Advanced Thermography of South Florida

What about my Doctor?

My doctor states he doesn’t know enough about thermal imaging and demands I still get a mammogram. What do I do? Tell your doctor to do some research at Thermology On Line (information, case studies). Also, there are downloadable studies at http://www.preventbc.com (see radiation question above). Tell your doctor you have concerns with low-level radiation and how it affects DNA. There are over 800 studies on themography. Hand her (or him) the 2004 Heyes study on radiation. If not thermography, ask for a different method (ultrasound, breast MRI, ductal lavage) as a substitute (see http://www.alternativemedicine.com on May mammogram article). In any case, thermography can be used in conjunction with a mammogram by assessing false-positives or concurring with a sketchy... read more

What is “cold stressing”?

I hear from some people that you need to “cold stress” the patient. What is “cold stressing”? Do I really need to do it?  Cold stressing is a test to measure sympathetic function. It is a useful test for a number of conditions including RSD (CRPS). Protocols for breast screening with the med2000 system do not require routine cold stressing but it may be requested by a referring physician or reading... read more

What is the attitude in medical oncology about thermography and breast disease?

What is the attitude in medical oncology for this procedure and breast disease? Honestly, most physicians have very little knowledge about this topic. Most use traditional, older tools to study breast disease. However, in 1998, cancer researchers at Ville Marie Breast and Oncology, in Montreal, Quebec, published an article in The Breast Journal related to DITI. In the closing remarks, the authors wrote, “Our initial reappraisal would also suggest that infrared imaging, based more on process than structural changes and requiring neither contact, compression, radiation nor venous access, can provide pertinent and practical complimentary information to both clinical exam and... read more

Full Body Thermography

I understand you also do full body thermography, what can I expect to learn from that? Full body thermography includes a breast scan, so it is comprehensive. A full body thermogram which is suitable for both females and males, young and old, can identify pre-existing conditions, acute or chronic issues as serious as cancer, cardiovascular circulatory conditions , pre-stroke, nervous system disorders, repetitive strain injury, TMJ, arthritis, diabetes, melanoma, liver or kidney disease, thyroid disease, lung conditions, dental infections and, finally, breast... read more

Is Thermography Covered by my Medical Insurance?

Is This Procedure Covered by my Medical Insurance? Because this is FDA approved it is reimbursable by some insurance companies depending on your individual policy. Thus far Medicare is not covering this procedure. Advanced Thermography does not bill medical insurance companies; however, we will be happy to provide you with codes necessary for insurance billing if... read more

Who Interprets the Scans?

Who Interprets the Scans? Thermographic breast analysis is an extremely complex topic and should only be performed by a qualified doctor. We use Electronic Medical Imaging (EMI) who employs board certified medical doctors, who have had additional training in interpreting thermal... read more

How Much Does Breast Thermography Cost?

How Much Does Breast Thermography Cost? The thermography session starts at $175.00 depending on the state/county you are located and takes about 30 minutes. Results are reviewed by a physician trained in the use and interpretation of thermographic images, and a report of findings and images are sent directly to you within 7-10 days. What payments do you accept? Accept cash, checks and credit cards (AMEX, VISA, MC and... read more

What do I have to do to prepare for a Thermogram?

What do I have to do to prepare for a Thermogram? There are a few guidelines for preparing for a thermal scan: No prolonged sun exposure (especially sunburn) to the areas to be imaged 5 days prior to your exam. No use of lotions, creams, powders, or makeup (for full/upper body or head no makeup on face) on areas to be imaged the day of the exam. No shaving or other hair removal of the areas to be imaged the day of the exam. No use of deodorants or antiperspirants the day of your exam. No physical stimulation or treatment of the breasts, chest, neck, or back for 24 hours before the exam (no chiropractic, acupuncture, TENS, physical therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, sauna, steam room, hot or cold pack use). No exercise 4 hours prior to your exam. No dry brushing, hot bathing or hot showering. No tobacco use, caffeinated soda, coffee, alcohol or tea 4 hours prior to exam. Should not take any medication that may affect your temperature or nervous system such as pain pills, aspirin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. No fever. Have not breastfed or lactating for at least 4-6 months if your hair falls below neck wear clipped back and up. Wait 3 months post-surgery and 6 months post radiation to schedule appointment... read more

I have breast implants. Can I have a Thermogram?

I have breast implants. Can I have a Thermogram? Yes. Breast implants do not interfere with thermography. Breast Thermography is painless and safe, using no radiation or compression. It can be used effectively and safely for all women including pregnant or nursing women, women with dense breast tissue, and women with breast... read more

Is Digital Infrared Imaging an approved procedure?

Is Digital Infrared Imaging an approved procedure? Yes, DII is approved by the FDA for use as an adjunctive breast cancer screening procedure since 1982. This was published in the Federal Register: Vol.147, No.20, pp.4419-4420, Jan.29,1982 read more

Other Services by Dr. Hudson

Additional Service Added Thomas Hudson, MD, a diagnostic radiologist and one of our EMI physician interpreters, is now offering a consultation service for patients who would like more clarification or detail about their thermogram results. Dr. Hudson, is also the author of Journey to Hope, a book about breast cancer prevention. Many patients are confused about how thermography relates to other imaging tests, in terms of the strengths and weaknesses of each test. Having practiced general radiology for many years before becoming a breast imaging specialist, Dr. Hudson can help patients understand how everything fits together and help patients to make choices and decisions that are right for them. Consultations are done by phone or Skype and will be fee for service, beginning at $75 for 15 minutes for a simple review of the patient’s thermogram report, images, and whatever questions they may have. For reports where Dr. Hudson was not the initial interpreter, this is not intended as a “second opinion,” but simply a review of the findings, what they mean, and advice about other appropriate diagnostic tests or how to interact with their physician regarding thermogram results. As a specialist in breast imaging, Dr. Hudson can be especially helpful to women with inconclusive mammogram results, a biopsy recommendation they are unsure about, or who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and don’t know where to turn next. A 15 minute consultation will suffice for most situations, but longer appointments are also available, including a formal review of mammogram/ultrasound images and reports if desired. Appointments/inquiries can be made on Dr. Hudson’s... read more

Does Digital Infrared Imaging (Breast Thermography) replace mammograms?

Does Digital Infrared Imaging (Breast Thermography) replace mammograms? Absolutely not! However, do mammograms replace DII? The answer to this is also a resounding no; the two tests complement each other. The consensus among health care experts is that no one procedure or method of imaging is solely adequate for breast cancer screening. Breast thermography has the ability to give a warning signal in advance of invasive tumor growth. A positive infrared image is also the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer. It is DII’s unique ability to monitor the abnormal temperature (physiological) changes produced by diseased breast tissue that allows for extremely early detection. Since it has been determined that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect these tumors when there is the greatest chance for survival. When used as part of a multi-modal approach (clinical examination + thermography + mammography), 95% of early stage breast cancers can be... read more

Why is a thermogram so effective?

Why is a thermogram so effective?  Prior to a tumor being formed, cells in the breast begin to create a cancer-friendly environment. Part of this process involves angiogenesis, the development of new blood vessels. These blood vessels provide a blood supply to the area for the cancer to grow. The process of angiogenesis creates heat patterns. Thermography, being sensitive to fluctuations in temperature, can detect these changes in the breast far earlier than other screening methods. Numerous studies have shown that infrared can detect the signs of developing cancer years before modalities such as mammography; by up to 10 years, and that it is a good indicator of risk for breast... read more

Why should I have a Breast Thermogram?

Why should I have a Breast Thermogram? If a significant change in breast cancer mortality is to be realized, we have to rethink what screening tests truly are. Are we currently providing “screening” or “detection”? A critical look at our current breast cancer screening strategy must be made. A change from sole dependence upon procedures that only provide detection of existing cancers to technologies that reflect the early cancerous process itself provides women with true screening. Thermography has this ability to act as an early warning system. Studies have shown that thermography has the ability to warn that this process is underway 8-10 years before any other test can detect it – even before the cells become cancerous. This, coupled with a possible role in breast cancer prevention, makes thermography one test that no woman should be... read more

How Do I Make an Appointment?

Appointments are available by calling (954) 540-7633. You may also e-mail us at info@advancedthermography.com.

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