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Preparing For Your Scan
Patient Checklist for a Successful Thermal Exam
Purpose of the test:
Examination of the selected areas to detect recognizable signs of normal or abnormal physiological activity to determine if further clinical evaluation or preventive recommendations are required.
3 months prior:
No major breast surgery
No chemotherapy or radiation
Cease lactation and breast feeding
1 month prior:
No minor breast surgery, i.e. biopsy
1 week prior:
Avoid tanning or sunburn
24 hours prior:
Avoid exercise, massage, accupuncture or chiropractic adjustment
Refrain from steam room, sauna, hot or cold packs
Avoid sitting in a hot tub
Reschedule if you experience a significant fever
Day of the exam:
Do not shave under arms
Avoid using deodorant or creams on the area to be imaged
Do not wear any jewelry to appointment. (Exception- rings that wont come off fingers.)
Hair must be on top of head during exam - bring hair clip. Ladies with short hair will be asked to wear a hair net during exam.
2 Hours before the exam:
Refrain from tobacco or coffee use
Avoid hot or cold liquids
Refrain from exercise, bathing or showering
Avoid eating or chewing gum if we are imaging your head and neck
During the exam:
Breast Scan: You will be asked to take off your blouse & bra. You will not be given a gown - - this test requires that your body is cool. The gown would hold the heat in your body, which could result in a false test. For this test you will have your hands on top of your head.
Whole Body Scan: You will be asked to take off all of your clothing except for your underwear. You will not be given a gown - - this test requires that your body is cool. The gown would hold the heat in your body, which could result in a false test. We will scan your body from head to toe. During the exam you will be asked on several images to lower the underwear to the top of the pubic hairline and just below the tail bone to expose the entire abdominal and spinal area. Then asked on several images to manipulate the underwear to expose the buttock cheeks.
***Disclaimer: Breast thermography offers women information that no other procedure can provide. However, breast thermography is not a replacement for or alternative to mammography or any other form of breast imaging. Breast thermography is meant to be used in addition to mammography and other tests or procedures. Breast thermography and mammography are complementary procedures, one test does not replace the other. All thermography reports are meant to identify thermal emissions that suggest potential risk markers only and do not in any way suggest diagnosis and/or treatment. Studies show that the earliest detection is realized when multiple tests are used together. This multimodal approach includes breast self-examinations, physical breast exams by a doctor, mammography, ultrasound, MRI, Pet Scan, thermography, and other tests that may be ordered by your doctor.