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Do I need a referral from a doctor to schedule an appointment?
No, though many patients are referred by their health practitioner, CT Thermography accepts self-referred patients.
How long will my appointment take?
Appointment length depends on the type of screening. Partial body screening requires 30 minutes, with an actual scanning time of about 15 minutes. A full body screening requires 45 minutes, with an actual scanning time of about 30 minutes.
How long will my results take?
It takes approximately 7 business days for us to forward your thermography report results. During busier times, such as breast cancer awareness month the report can take up to 14 business days.
Will insurance cover my screening?
Currently, thermography is not reimbursable by insurance. However, supplemental insurances such as Aflac do reimburse some, if not all of a themrography screening fee. Liberty Health Share also covers thermography screenings. CT Thermography accepts all health saving account (HSA) cards.
What is thermography?
Thermography is a screening tool using an infrared camera that records the thermal patterns of the body known as a thermogram. The thermal images are used by healthcare practitioners to help diagnose potential pathology, disease processes, and/or monitor pain in any part of your body. The screening is non-invasive, painless with no radiation or contact with the body.
What is thermography used for?
- To aid in the earlier detection of pathology, disease and cancer.
- To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing.
- To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition.
- To evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury.
- To follow progress of healing and rehabilitation.
How does thermography work?
A thermography camera measures the infrared waves (heat) emitted by your body and translates it into an image called a thermogram. A thermogram is a map of your body’s thermal patterns that detects abnormalities and/or inflammation.
Who will benefit from thermography?
The information gained from a thermogram is valuable to men and women, of all ages, in any state of health. Inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Thermography is an ideal tool for monitoring inflammatory changes in your body by creating a baseline scan and follow up scans to show any minor changes. A thermography screening can be used for these and many other conditions:
- Digestive Disorder
- Lymphatic Congestion
- Vascular Disorder
- Thyroid Dysfunction
Why do I need to come back for a follow up screening?
The screening is to provide an accurate and stable baseline. This baseline represents a unique thermal fingerprint, which will only be altered by developing pathology. A baseline cannot be established with only one study, because there is no way of knowing if this is a normal thermal pattern for you. By comparing images at the recommended interval of either 3, 6, or 12 months apart the interpreting doctors can view if your thermal fingerprint has remained stable, and is remaining stable over time.
How does thermography differ from screenings such as mammograms or ultrasound?
Thermography is a test of physiology, in other words, the normal functions of the body. It detects and records the infrared heat radiating from the surface of the body. It can help in earlier detection, monitoring abnormal physiology and/or the establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of an inflammation like cancer.
Mammography and ultrasound are tests of anatomy, they detect a structure. When a tumor has grown to a size that is large enough and dense enough to block an x-ray beam (mammography) or sound wave (ultrasound), it produces an image that can be detected by a trained radiologist.
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