FAQ

Breast Imagery

Who can benefit from Thermal Imaging?

Anyone who is interested in proactively taking charge of their health will benefit from Thermal imaging. So many people are focused on disease diagnosis. However, the shift to Health Discovery is a progressive approach for people who value the process of monitoring their health and making lifestyle changes with the guidance of their healthcare practitioners to achieve big results for their health and longevity.

Does Thermography replace mammography?

NO. A procedure that looks at the health of the breasts does not replace a procedure that is looking for cancer. Mammography is a cancer-screening procedure that uses radiation. It is strictly looking for signs that cancer may be present. Thermography is not a standalone procedure. It is a thermographic temperature differential study of the breasts and is looking for signs to confirm breast health or that your breasts may be generally unhealthy. Our Interpreting Physicians are not looking for cancer or any other disease. Only a biopsy can diagnose cancer.

What are your Interpreting Physicians looking for?

Because Thermography detects inflammation and blood profusion, our Interpreting Physicians are looking for signs of lymphatic congestion, dilated ducts, injury, generalized inflammation, hormone imbalance as well as specific patterns. When they evaluate these areas, they will assess their significance and comment as to whether they see a low, moderate or high level of significance. They will also recommend a follow-up appointment for further evaluation or to establish a thermal baseline.

What is a baseline?

A stable thermal baseline can be established on the follow-up appointment. Our Interpreting Physicians will compare your images from your first imaging to those of your follow-up imaging. When they do this, they are looking for signs that the breasts are thermographically stable. When they see this stability, they will recommend that you come back for imaging in one year for an annual follow-up. If they do not see stability, they may recommend further clinical correlation and another follow-up in 3-6 months.

Does Thermography see cancer? If I have something suspicious looking, will the doctors at least say something?

Thermography does not see cancer. 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. If our Interpreting Physicians see something that they would consider “thermographically significant,” they will give you a strong and intentional encouragement to seek further clinical correlation. Remember that “thermographically significant” does not necessarily mean significant for a specific disease.

I am a cancer survivor and don't want any more radiation. Can Thermography help me monitor my breasts?

Thermography can help you monitor the health of your breasts. Because we do not see cancer, our interpreting physicians do not monitor it.

Is Thermography considered “Early Detection?”

No. Thermography does not detect cancer so the word “detection” is not a part of a professional Thermographer’s vocabulary. The Thermographer takes the images and the interpreting physician interprets them. Our interpreting physicians will give you a breast HEALTH assessment and make recommendations that you and your doctor can consider in order to promote healthy breasts.

Can you prevent Breast Cancer with Thermography?

No. We do not promote the prevention of any disease. We believe that all women deserve to have the knowledge of how to keep their breasts healthy. We teach that diet, exercise, supplementation, dry brushing, hormone balancing as well as lifestyle choices and changes are useful ways to support breast health.

Why should I have a Full Body or a Health Study Thermogram?

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.

Administrative Questions

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. The “Medi Share” type of health coverage often pays for Thermography (check with your individual plan). We have had the most success with Liberty Health Share. They will reimburse for a breast Thermography as part of a “Well-Woman” visit.

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 yet required to do so by law. Many Thermographers are NOT prepared for the time when all Thermographers will be required to follow rules for HIPAA compliance. We are prepared and are already following these rules.

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 two weeks. In the busier months of October and November, this may extend as far out as three weeks. If you have a serious concern, we can provide a STAT interpretation for an additional $25 which means your report will be sent to you within 48 hours.

Important Points To Consider

We Believe in Health Discovery vs Disease Detection

Every person deserves the truth about their state of health. Instead of waiting for symptoms to manifest and a disease process to be diagnosed, Thermography gives you a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – inflammation.

Thermography professionals want to help

We call Thermography “Health Discovery” – a very important part of your proactive wellness program. Thermography can Identify inflammation, often long before you may feel any symptoms or be diagnosed with an actual disease. In a nutshell, Thermography can see your body asking for extra help.

Humans are famous for waiting until symptoms get so bad they finally act on them. At that point, there is probably little room for prevention – only REACTION – leaving them with no choice but to endure invasive testing, drugs with side effects plus treatments and surgeries that greatly reduce quality of life. However, on the PROACTIVE side, trained practitioners can support your body’s natural ability to heal itself through various modalities such as: dietary changes, supplementation, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, exercise and more… all designed to return you to a healthy state of wellbeing.

If this resonates with you, contact us today.

Quotable Quotes

“WE ARE NOT IDENTIFYING OURSELVES AS THE OTHER MAMMOGRAM!
We are people imaging, not just breast imaging.”

– Dr. Carol Chandler, DOM

 

“Health Discovery is a meaningful lifelong journey that you take with your trusted healthcare practitioners – to monitor your health status and make adjustments along the way, thereby creating health and longevity, hope and wellbeing, and an example for others to admire and follow.”

– Kristin Burton, CNHP, CCT