FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can benefit from Infrared Imaging?
Anyone interested in proactively taking charge of their health and not focused exclusively on specific disease diagnosis will benefit from Thermal Imaging. A thermal assessment combined with guidance from a trusted healthcare provider is an opportunity to achieve desired results of optimal health and longevity.
How deep can thermography see into the body?
The infrared camera images the skin surface (1/4 inch); the imaging provides information reflecting internal metabolism and physiological changes. Thermography does not need to penetrate and invade the body to obtain unique and critical information regarding status of health.
I am a breast cancer survivor. Can infrared imaging help me monitor my breasts?
Yes, Thermography with any other unspecified tests. That could be x-ray, mammogram, MRI, CT, etc. In fact, because the FDA identifies thermogram as an adjunct to mammogram, anyone who has ever had a mammogram should also have a thermogram. Imaging of the breast is not intended as a cancer detection test, as it does not suggest, confirm or rule out the possibility that cancer exists in the breast or any other area of the body. Thermography is not a stand-alone diagnostic tool. (Thank goodness… there should always be more than one test for any diagnosis).
Does Thermography “see” cancer? If I have something suspicious looking, will the doctors at least say something?
Thermography does not see deep inside the body, as it is non-invasive. If our Interpreting Physicians see something that they would consider “thermographically significant” they will give you strong encouragement to seek further clinical correlation and evaluation. Remember that “Thermographically Significant” does NOT necessarily mean concern for a specific disease, but can indicate an abnormal thermal pattern(s) that meet a certain clinically acceptable level of significance.
Does infrared imaging replace mammography?
No. Thermography’s intended use as an adjunct to other clinical diagnostic procedures for quantifying and screening of temperature differences in the skin surface.
What are your Interpreting Physicians looking for?
A healthy body is expected to be thermally symmetrical. The Interpreting Physicians are looking for signs of significant asymmetry which can show valuable indications such as; natural healing signs of inflammation, blood profusion, lymphatic congestion, injury, hormonal imbalance and much more. After evaluating these areas they will assess their level of concern (low, moderate or high) as it relates to the thermal patterns. They will also recommend a follow-up appointment for further evaluation, if necessary, or to establish a stable baseline.
Should I or shouldn’t I get mammograms?
Getting a mammogram is a very personal choice for every woman. We encourage you to discuss this with your doctor or trusted healthcare practitioner. We also encourage you to educate yourself about the associated risks, so that you can make an educated decision best for you.
What is a baseline?
A baseline is two identical studies, taken at two different times to find if patterns are stable or if there are any changes. Therefore, the follow-up appointment is the most valuable. If the patterns are stable and not significant, there will be a recommend annual follow-up or earlier if any concerns should arise in the meantime. If there is not stability, there may be recommendation for further clinical evaluation and another follow-up in 3 – 6 months.
We believe every person deserves to know the status of their health, advanced symptoms need advanced disease management. Thermography provides a very sensitive look at the most clinically recognized indicator of potential health problems – inflammation. In other words, thermography can see what the body is doing in attempt to heal itself. Sometimes it needs help.
Why should I have Full Body or Health Screening Thermography?
The highest use of thermography is to thermally monitor dynamic changes in general health. We recommend you choose to have a thermal examination to include multiple areas of your body for your first exam, which offers you the greatest benefit of thermography. If you choose only a breast exam for your initial thermal exam, it will provide limited information regarding your general health. This is a non-contact, non-invasive procedure which captures and records temperature variations on the skin. The skin is the body’s most intelligent organ and is “wired” with a communication network connecting all other organs and physiological processes in the body. The skin responds to physiological changes and a thermography device observes those changes. Assessments of these changes are reported by medical professionals trained to correlate thermal findings with a person’s health history and concerns.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not bill insurance. You are responsible for payment at the time of your imaging. We have seen insurance pay for thermography but VERY rarely. Please check with your individual plan.
Thermography Insurance Codes:
- Thermography CPT code is: 93740, Under Non-invasive Physiologic Studies
- Procedure Diagnosis code R938 is considered billable. (as a reminder, Thermography is NOT Diagnostic, but this is the wording the insurance companies use.
- 2018 ICD-10-PCS Procedure Code 4A0ZXKZ Measurement of Temperature, External Approach.
Are you HIPAA Compliant?
Yes. We follow all rules for HIPAA compliance. However, we are not required to do so yet.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express, as well as cash and checks. Payment is expected at the time of service.
When will I receive my report?
Reports will be sent to you via a HIPAA compliant email service within 7-10 days. If you have a serious concern, we can provide a STAT interpretation which means your report will be sent to you within 48 hours.