What to Expect with an Appointment
What to Expect with an Appointment
Upon arrival to any service location, you will be introduced to your Certified Clinical Thermographic Technician and to the steps of the imaging appointment:
15 Minute Acclimation:
During this time, you will be alone in an environmentally controlled room (typically 68º - 70ºF) to acclimate the surface of the skin to be imaged. The surface of the skin to be imaged must be free of clothing and jewelry during this step.
All imaging involves the client in a standing position in front of the thermal imaging camera and the technician in a seated position with her back to the client.
- Breast series imaging typically requires 5 minutes. While standing in front of the thermal imaging camera, you will be asked to inter-clasp your fingers/hands on the back of the head, with your elbows pointing out to your sides. While you are disrobed from the waist-up, the technician will be seated with her back to you during the actual imaging appointment. Between 7-9 views/thermal images are acquired (the number is dependent upon breast surface area and size).
- Abdomen/Back/Face series imaging typically requires 5 minutes. Imaging includes a full spine view, an abdominal view, a front of the neck view, and four face views.
- Full-Body series imaging typically requires 20 minutes. While a gown is worn throughout imaging, you will be asked to raise and lower it as needed to expose the skin surface being imaged. The technician's back will face you during the actual imaging (clients conceal their genitalia with a blackbody device.) Typically 26+ views/thermal images are acquired.
- Upper Body series imaging typically requires 10 minutes. Clients remove their upper-body garments to be disrobed from the pubic bone-up. The technician's back will face you during the actual imaging. 13+ views/thermal images are acquired.
- Lower Body series imaging typically requires 10 minutes. While a gown is worn throughout imaging, you will be asked to raise and lower it as needed to expose the skin surface being imaged. The technician's back will face you during the actual imaging appointment (clients conceal their genitalia with a blackbody device.) Typically, 13+ views/thermal images are acquired.
- Sympathetic/Stress Challenges are included when imaging certain pain clients in an effort to provoke the sympathetic nervous system and to study the subsequent vascular/circulatory response in the body part of interest. This step involves placing the hands (or feet) in a temperature controlled water basin for a duration determined by protocol, and then imaging the body part of interest every 30 seconds for a 5 minute duration.
15 - 60 minute appointment review:
For clients opting for image review/consultation
In preparation for your first appointment, you will be provided an educational video to watch on You Tube. Because Advanced Thermography (Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging) is less understood by the public than technologies like mammography and ultrasound, you may find this introductory education helpful. The purpose of the video is to provide a basic understanding of how Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging works, terminology, what the interpretive doctor looks for, and how thermobiological findings can be helpful to you and your health providers.
Each review/consultation includes a 15 - 60 minute overview of images, providing an opportunity to discuss potential risk factors and risk factor management strategies supporting intervention and/or prevention. Take-home summaries, the "Actions Checklist" and educational handouts are also discussed during this session. Community Resource Sheets listing functional medicine specialists by specialty and locality (compiled by our clients) are available as well. Additional educational handouts will be e-mailed to you the day after your appointment based on your individual situation and health needs.
The self-help, breast health education book, "Better Breast Health - for Life!"™, with risk reduction strategies, is available for review and purchase at Amazon.
After imaging or review:
After your imaging/review, you will be asked to provide a form of payment and advised that your report documentation will be e-mailed directly to you, typically within one week (or mailed for an additional charge). (24 hour STAT reports are available upon request and require an additional charge.) If you were referred to The Thermogram Center by a doctor who commonly refers to our center and would like a complimentary report to go to that doctor, one will be provided directly to their office upon your request.
After the appointment:
Report packets are typically e-mailed to you (password protection available) in about a week, unless you have requested and paid to have a printed version mailed, or made arrangements to pick your packet up from a service location. Report packets include:
- your customized/individualized Actions Checklist (for clients opting for image review/consultation),
- a cover letter recapping the imaging services at The Thermogram Center,
- thermal imaging report(s),
- Guide to Understanding Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging Reports and Further Evaluation Resources, and
- grayscale, reversed grayscale, and color print-outs of your images.
30 - 60 minute consultation post-appointment:
For clients opting for image review/consultation after their appointment
For clients who opt for image review/risk factor management consultation after or without an imaging appointment, 30 – 60 minute review/consults are available by phone and computer. Please call to inquire or schedule a review at your convenience.