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Frequently Asked Questions

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We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you. If you do not find an answer to your question, please fee free to call us at 509.218.7842

Questions

What is Thermography? or DITI ?
Is it safe?
What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?
Who should do thermography?
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
Is "cold stress" needed? What is "cold stressing"? Do I really need to do that?
Where have your thermography teechnicians been certified?
Who reads the images and reports?
How quickly will I get my report back?
What is the difference between grayscale and color thermograms?
What is the difference between high definition thermography and other types ?
Why do I need to come back in three months for another breast study ?

Answers

What is Thermography? or DITI ?

DITI stands for Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging

Medical DITI, or thermography, is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that converts infrared radiation (heat) emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color. The spectrum of colors indicate an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Medical Thermography can graphically display and record the subjective feeling of pain by objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that are produced by pain states. Medical Thermography’s major clinical value is in its high sensitivity to pathology in the vascular, muscular, neural and skeletal systems and as such can contribute to a diagnosis by the clinician.

Medical DITI has been used extensively in human medicine in the USA, Europe and Asia for the past 20 years. Until now, cumbersome equipment has hampered its diagnostic and economic viability. Current state of the art PC based IR technology designed specifically for clinical application has changed all this.
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Is it safe?

Yes, thermography is just as safe and painless as having your photograph taken.

Unlike most diagnostic modalities DITI is non-invasive. We do not need to come in contact with the patient whatsoever.

Medical DITI can offer considerable financial savings by avoiding the need for more expensive investigations.

Medical DITI can graphically display the very subjective feeling of pain by objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that accompany pain levels.
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What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?

On the day of the appointment

Please follow these guidelines before your appointment

Please refrain from the following activities on the day or your appointment

  • physical therapy
  • massage
  • electromyography
  • chiropractic adjustments
  • Do not smoke for 2 hours before the test
  • Do not use lotions, deodorants, or liniments on day of test
  • Stay out of strong sunlight on the day of test (no tanning)
  • Try to wear loose clothing

There are no dietary or medication restrictions on the day of your scan
IMPORTANT! .
If you develop a fever the day of or day before your visit please call our center to reschedule your visit
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Who should do thermography?

  • Women who want to take a pro-active approach to their health find great value in the additional information provided by Breast Thermography.
  • Women who have had inconclusive mammograms or physical breast examinations find that Breast Thermography can help to clarify these tests, thus enabling woman to better manage their breast health.
  • Women with dense fibrocystic breasts, where mammography is of little value, will benefit from thermographic monitoring.
  • Young women - Breast Thermography can be safely performed on young or pregnant women.
  • In addition, early breast exams can provide a valuable baseline form which to measure future breast health and potential risk factors.
  • Men and women that have unexplainable pain that has not been able to be diagnosed.

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

.While some insurances are beginning to cover this procedure, some still do not. We recommend checking with your individual insurance provider for a better understanding of your coverage. Please call our center for more information on this topic.
Thermography is now covered by AFLAC You will need to call your provider for details.

AFLAC

CANCER SCREENING WELLNESS BENEFIT: This is a preventive benefit; a diagnosis of cancer is not required for this benefit to be payable.AFLAC will pay $75 per calendar year when a charge is incurred for one of the following: mammogram, breast ultrasound, Pap smear, ThinPrep,biopsy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, hemocult stool specimen, chest X-ray, CEA (blood test for colon cancer), CA 125 (blood test for ovarian cancer),PSA (blood test for prostate cancer), thermography, colonoscopy, or virtual colonoscopy. These tests must be performed to determine whether cancer exists in a covered person. This benefit is limited to one payment per calendar year, per covered person
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Is "cold stress" needed? What is "cold stressing"?
Do I really need to do that?

Cold stressing is a test to measure sympathetic function, It is a useful test for a number of conditions including RSD (CRPS). Protocols used with the Meditherm system for breast screening do not require routine cold stressing but it may be requested by a referring physician or reading thermologist.
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Where have your thermography technicians been certified?

Thermography technicians are trained and certified by the American College of Clinical Thermology at Duke University. The American College of Clinical Thermology is an accredited medical association
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Who reads the images and reports?

Images are sent to an interpretation service who employ medical doctors who are all board certified as thermologists by the American College of Clinical Thermology at Duke University. These doctors have many years experience and are able to ask for second opinions whenever necessary.
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How quickly will I get my report back?

Reports are normally ready within 72 hours. You may collect your report when it is ready or allow for mailing time. If you need your report within 24 hours you can pay an ‘urgent’ fee
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What is the difference between grayscale and color thermograms?

Nowadays there is no difference in resolution between color and grayscale with modern digitized images. When images were viewed on an old TV screen, it took three phosphors on the cathode ray tube to make one color dot….. it only takes one phosphor to make a shade of grey, the resolution in black and white therefore, would be three times greater than it was in color.
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What is the difference between high definition thermography and other types ?

Just about all modern cameras provide high-definition images.  The ‘definition’ of a thermogram relates to how many individual temperature measurements are taken to build the image. The actual definition is not as important as how accurate and sensitive those temperature measurements are. The higher the definition, the better the picture will look but this does not mean that the accuracy is any better.
Describing a thermogram as ‘high definition’ maybe confusing and misleading as most so-called high-definition images are produced by software manipulation of the data.
Low definition would be considered below 160 x 120 pixels. Industry standard is between 160 x 120 up to  320 x 240 pixels. High-definition would be considered above this and can be as high as 640 x 512 pixels.
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Why do I need to come back in three months for another breast study ?

The most accurate result we can produce is change over time. Before we can start to evaluate any changes, we need to establish an accurate and stable baseline for you. This baseline represents your unique thermal fingerprint, which will only be altered by developing pathology. A baseline cannot be established with only one study, as we would have no way of knowing if this is your normal pattern or if it is actually changing at the time of the first exam. By comparing two studies three months apart we are able to judge if your breast physiology is stable and suitable to be used as your normal baseline and safe for continued annual screening.
The reason a three-month interval is used relates to the period of time it takes for blood vessels to show change…… a period of time less than three months may miss significant change…….. a period of time much more than three months can miss significant change that may have already taken place.
There is NO substitute for establishing an accurate baseline. A single study cannot do this.

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