Frequently Asked Questions
Is Breast Thermography Safe?
Yes. Breast Thermography has been FDA approved since 1982 and has been used in the United States and Europe for over twenty years. Thermography is a non-invasive test. This means that nothing is sent into your body. It simply is creating an image of your breasts by measuring your heat. There is no contact of any kind, nor is there any pain or radiation.
Can Thermography diagnose breast cancer?
No. Thermography, like mammography is a screening tool. Thermography identifies abnormal physiological changes in your breasts that may be cancerous. Mammography, a type of x-ray, identifies certain structures in the breast that can potentially be cancer. With both Mammography and Thermography, definitive diagnosis is done by other procedures such as a biopsy or lumpectomy. Many of our patients come in after an abnormal “lets watch this area” mammography, and correlate the area to be watched with a thermographic image of the same region. If the thermography shows an issue in the same area, the patient will have more information with which to make an informed decision.
Is Breast Thermography covered by OHIP?
No. OHIP does not cover the cost of Thermography. Some company benefit plans cover the cost of Thermography. Please check your benefit coverage.
Have any studies been done regarding the accuracy of Thermography?
Yes, hundreds of studies have been written up in medical journals.
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Do I need a referral from my family physician?
No, a referral is not necessary
How long does it take?
The scan, including the time to acclimate to the room will take 20 to 30 minutes. The follow-up consultation at a later date will take about 20 minutes
How often will I need a re-scan?
This depends on the results of your initial scan. With no unusual changes noted and depending on your age, we will recommend re-scanning annually or every 2 years. If your scan shows changes, depending on the level of risk, you will be asked to have a re-scan sooner.
I have breast implants – is thermography safe?
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 implants.
Why do we plunge our hands into cold water during the scan?
You will be asked to plunge your hands into ice water for 60 seconds during the exam. This is known as a stress test - the shock of the cold water will put your body into a "fight and flight" response. Normal blood vessels will contract and cool down, blood vessels feeding abnormal cells will not. The technician will then repeat the process of taking the images for a before and after view.
Does Thermography replace Mammography?
No, we recommend that thermography be used together with mammography for the most comprehensive screening and the earliest possible detection.
What is the cost of a scan?
Please our Thermography Rates page for pricing information. The cost includes a follow-up appointment to review results and discuss recommendations. Payable by cash or cheque or e-transfer to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: 48 hour cancellation notice for appointments required or a $50 fee will be incurred. Thank you.
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