Is Thermal Imaging Safe?
Yes, it is a non-invasive, radiation-free & pain-free imaging procedure. It simply captures heat your body generates and creates the image. This makes it great for frequent screening with no chance of danger or harmful radiation.
Is Thermal Imaging Different From Mammography and MRI?
Yes. Unlike mammography, thermal imaging is a test of physiology. It detects and records the infrared heat radiating from the surface of the body. It can help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology or potential cancerous activity.
Mammography (X-Ray imaging) provides structural and anatomical information. When a tumor has grown to a size that is large enough and dense enough to block an X-Ray beam, it produces an image that can be detected by a trained radiologist. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides both a structural and a localized, but 3-dimensional chemical volume imaging element (voxel) of the body. Ultrasonography with its high frequency sound waves is used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological lesions.
All imaging technologies have their specific role and value in the diagnostic arena. In simplest form, thermal imaging is an adjunct physiological test and truly non-invasive.
Who Interprets the Images?
The images are sent via secured server to medical doctors (Physicians Insight MD’s) who are also trained in the protocols of reading thermal images. A formal interpretation report is prepared and sent to us. We review the results and make suggestions based on the analysis and give you a copy of the report.
Do I Need a Referral From My Family Physician?
No. A referral is not necessary.
What to Expect During Imaging Process?
Client request forms and pre-appointment instructions are on our website so you may download and print them. Please read the instructions carefully couple of days prior to your visit and bring the completed form (including the name and mailing address of your personal physician if applicable) with you to your appointment. If you have any questions, please call us at 518-368-2211 and we will be happy to assist you. Imaging will take 20 to 30 minutes. The follow-up consultation at a later date will take about 15 minutes.
How Often Should I Have a Thermal Scan?
Once a reliable baseline has been established, which normally requires exams about 3 to 4 months apart and represents your unique thermal fingerprint, you should have an on-going annual comparative scan to detect any suspicious physiological changes, warranting further investigation. Depending on your personal history and level of risk, your doctor can advise the frequency of thermal scan.
Can Thermal Imaging Diagnose Breast Cancer?
Not by itself. Thermal Imaging, identifies abnormal physiological activity or inflammation in your breasts that may be an early sign of cancer. With both mammography and thermal imaging, definitive cancer diagnosis is done by other procedures, such as a biopsy.
What is the Reliability of Thermal Imaging Procedure?
There are hundreds of studies written up in medical journals. For further information, please check this site (http://www.iact-org.org/articles/articles-review-btherm.html).
- Breast thermal imaging has an average sensitivity and specificity of 90%.
- An abnormal thermal image is a very important marker of high risk for a developing breast cancer.
Is Thermal Imaging Covered by Health Insurance?
Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts typically cover 100% of service costs. However, many health insurance plans do not cover the cost of thermal exam yet. Depending on your employer, some benefit programs may provide reimbursement option or cover a portion of the cost. Call your provider for details.
Scanning Fee is payable at the time of service. We accept cash, personal checks and major credit cards.