Essential Protocols For Best Results

Please follow these exactly as listed. Don't decide that you don't have to do one of these things.


Mandatory Protocols for Thermal Imaging

Patient Preparation:

Thermal imaging is a heat sensitive test. Anything which creates heat should be avoided prior to testing.

Excessive metabolic activity, friction, or any of the activities listed below which will alter heat readings.

1 Month Prior:

  • No minor breast surgery, i.e. biopsy
  • We may still perform testing after biopsy. Write this in the form.

1 Week Prior:

* Be cautious of too much sun exposure in order to avoid sunburn. Scans will have to be rescheduled if the patient has a sunburn of any sort.

48 Hours Prior:

* Men with beards should shave their face and neck, as well as backs

* Avoid all tanning and limit sun exposure.

* Last day to shave underarms.

24 Hours Prior:

  • Avoid chiropractic care, massage therapy or acupuncture
  • No saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, heating pads, or hot water bottles
  • No analgesic creams or balms
  • Do not shave underarms (Should be done prior)
  • Reschedule if you experience a significant fever
  • Refrain from sexual activity

Day of Exam:

  • Do not use creams, lotions, cosmetics, ointments, deodorant, antiperspirants, powders or any other skin products
  • Please bring a hair tie to remove hair from your forehead and back of neck
  • Remove all piercings and jewelry prior to exam unless unable to remove a piercing. Please remove wedding rings and leave them at home.

4 Hours Prior:

* Avoid hot showers or shaving

* Avoid physical therapy or exercise

* No coffee, tea, soda, or other beverages containing caffeine. No alcoholic beverages.

* Do not smoke cigarettes or use any product which contains nicotine.

* Women - do not wear a bra or support of any kind for the 4 hours leading up to the exam.

2 Hours Before the exam:

* Avoid hot or cold liquids

  • Avoid eating or chewing gum
  • Avoid using a cell phone

Prior to and During Exam:

  • Please inform us if you have a hot flash during the session
  • Try to relax prior to and during the exam. Stress will affect your exam.