What to Expect

What to expect during your breast exam

The process begins with simple preparation steps that are listed below (patient preparation instructions) that must be strictly followed before you arrive. Once in the office, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire on your breast health history. You will then meet with our thermographic technician to go over the procedure and review your questionnaire. During the examination you will be disrobed from the waist up for both imaging and to allow for the surface temperature of the body to acclimate with the room temperature. A female technician will perform the imaging for you. There will be a visual inspection of the surface of the breasts so that we can correlate any surface findings with the infrared images. Once this is done, you will be left for 15 minutes to allow your body to acclimate with the special temperature conditions of the room. After this time, you will be positioned in front of the infrared camera so that all of the surfaces of the breasts, upper chest, and under arms are imaged.

The images are captured by a high resolution digital infrared imaging camera and sent to a computer software program for storage and analysis (the images are archived for comparison of future images so that the breasts can be monitored over time). Sophisticated computer programs allow the doctor to isolate temperature differentials, perform analyses, and create a thorough report.

Once the images have been taken, our Board Certified Clinical Thermologist will digitally process and grade the images, and a full written report (including your images) will be mailed to you within 10 days to 2 weeks.

Patient Preparation Instructions

The following instructions must be strictly adhered to before you arrive for your appointment:

  • Please shower or bathe the night before your scheduled evaluation.
  • Do not use any deodorant or antiperspirant any time prior to the appointment.
  • Take NO pain medication or aspirin at least 24 hours prior to imaging. If you do, advise staff of any medications you have taken including blood pressure, pain, circulation, anti-coagulants, or aspirin medications.
  • Do not sunbathe at least 5 days prior to your scheduled test.
  • Wear loose fitting garments and remove all jewelry prior to entering facility.
  • Do not consume any hot or cold beverages at least one hour prior to your images.
  • Do not smoke at least two hours prior to your evaluation.
  • Do not use lotions, creams, powders or makeup on the breasts for 24 hours prior to your evaluation.
  • Remove all make-up from face prior to scan (for full- and upper-body scans only).
  • Do not consume caffeine at least one hour prior to scan.
  • No shaving or other hair removal of the areas to be imaged the day of the exam.
  • No physical stimulation or treatment of the breasts, chest, neck, or back for 24 hours before the exam (no chiropractic, acupuncture, TENS, physical therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot or cold pack use).
  • No exercise 4 hours prior to your exam.
  • If you are nursing, please try to not to nurse at least 1 hour prior to the exam if possible.

Note: Breast implants, breast reductions, and biopsies do not interfere with infrared imaging. Breast thermography is safe to have during pregnancy or when nursing. The procedure may also be performed during any part of the menstrual cycle without effecting the interpretation of the images.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our imaging center at (619) 788-6785.

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