What is the
difference between thermography and mammography?
Mammography assesses anatomically (mass) and thermography
assesses function (inflammatory).
squeeze the breast? Is there radiation emitted?
NO and NO! A picture is taken about four feet away to
determine breast health. Pain 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
As quickly as 24 hours, but in most cases 2-3 business days.
Why havenít 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.
Do I need to have a
doctor's referral in order to have
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
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. Please visit http://www.preventbc.com/
for downloadable studies on the dangers of low-level radiation (2002 Brenner,
2003 Parisky, 2004 Heyes). Each time a woman gets a mammogram, she is
increasing her chance of getting cancer by about five percent.
My doctor states he
doesnít 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) or call me at the Longevity
Center and I will send a
booklet and lots of information to your doctor. 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
It is up to us to get the word out about the benefits of
Thermography and dangers of Mammography to ALL doctors & radiologists.† Here is a Fact Sheet for further
Does insurance cover
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.
Please 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.† Among them is Thermology On Line.† You can also find useful links on my Breast Health Blog.