The scan takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Please plan on being at our center for 45 – 60 minutes to allow time to ask questions, complete paperwork and prepare for the scan.
We pride ourselves with prompt turnaround. In most cases, our Board Certified Thermographers will have the results back to your center in 1 week or less.
All reports are reviewed by Dr. Alexander Sepper, MD, Ph.D Our reports involve a three step interpretation process. Your reports will be viewed by doctors appropriate to handle your type of findings. Our senior interpreter will review all other doctors comments and impressions.
If you have questions or concerns about your thermography scan, booking a consult or if you have a follow-up question for the doctor that did your consult, please call us at: 512-626-2332
Not at this time. Keep in mind, cutting edge technology is not covered in most fields of medicine. Our centers charge a nominal fee for this technology despite the high cost of the equipment and the cost of running a center.
Our clients feel this is a minimal cost to help ensure their health and well being.
Our centers charge based on regional factors. Typically, the range is $250 (breast only), $350 (torso), $500 (full body). This is all inclusive for the images, interpretation by three doctors and the report. Most women agree this is a small price to pay for EARLY breast cancer detection and other conditions.
The first thing to do is relax and don’t get overly anxious! Vascular changes MAY be seen in non-cancerous or PRE cancerous conditions. Follow the recommendations of our Board Certified Thermographers along with advice of your own doctor. Take the results seriously. Dr. Steward will go over recommendations with you at your Report of Findings appointment.
Changing your lifestyle and diet as you MAY be seeing early signs of developing cancer that MAY be reversed if these changes are implemented. Thermography is a great test to monitor health over a period of time.
Most patients feel that since they are already coming in for the test that they may as well have a full body scan. The information from the test is very valuable in assessing your health and monitoring changes in your lifestyle. A full body scan may reveal early information about health risk factors.
Please help educate your doctor. Even the best doctors think inside their guidelines and frequently reject new ideas and technology. Chances are they are misinformed, or not informed at all. Share the Cornell Study with them that you can download from this site. Use your own judgement based on knowledge to direct your health care.
Your initial scan will dictate what follow-up is necessary. With no suspicious findings, most follow-up recommendations will be 12 months. Scans that warrant monitoring typically will be 3-6 months. If you are using thermography to monitor your overall health then it is a good idea to be tested every 12 weeks until your health is stable. Annual wellness checks are recommended.
The purpose of the thermographic evaluation is to show areas of hot and cold in the body. Thermographic imaging is greater than 99% accurate for this purpose. Therefore we can say there are no false positives with thermal imaging. Heat can be present due to many factors.
As a general rule, we don't use thermograms from other companies for comparison because we don't know what protocols if any were followed, what camera was used, when or if they ever had the camera calibrated, etc.
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 will alter heat readings.
It is very important that you do not use any antiperspirant or deodorant before your scan. I recommend showering (at least 4 hours before your appointment) to make sure any product used the prior day or morning is removed. It’s important because we’re looking for changes in body temperature and using products such as deodorant or antiperspirant won’t allow us to see heat changes in the body.
If you have a sunburn or fever, please call to reschedule.
1 Month Prior to exam:
No minor breast surgery, i.e. biopsy. Note, we may still perform testing after biopsy. Write this in form.
1 Week Prior to exam:
Be cautious of too much sun exposure in order to avoid sunburn. Scans will have to be rescheduled if you’ve had a sunburn of any sort.
48 Hours Prior to exam:
Men with beards should shave their face and neck, as well as backs. Men & Women should avoid all tanning & limit sun exposure.
24 hours prior to exam:
Avoid chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, heating pads, hot water bottles, analgesic creams or balms. Do not shave underarms (Should be done prior). Reschedule if you experience a significant fever. Refrain from sexual activity.
The day of the exam:
For best results, please wear thong underwear or a jock strap for full body studies. Underwear is optional and best results are without. Do not use creams, lotions, cosmetics, ointments, deodorants, antiperspirants, powders or any other skin product. 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.
4 hours prior to exam:
Do not bathe or shower in HOT water. Do not smoke cigarettes or use any product which contains nicotine. Avoid physical therapy or exercise. No coffee, tea, soda or other beverages containing caffeine. No alcoholic beverages. Women – do not wear a bra for the 4 hours leading up to the exam.
2 Hours Before the Exam:
Avoid hot or cold liquids, avoid eating or chewing gum, and avoid using a cell phone.
Prior to and During Your 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.
When you arrive for your appointment:
When you arrive for your appointment we’ll spend a few minutes discussing your concerns and we will answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
Please inform me if you have had a breast biopsy within 1 month; breast surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment within the last 2 months. When you’re comfortable, you’ll be escorted into a special temperature controlled suite (64 – 72 degrees). I’ll ask you to disrobe and stand in the room for 15 minutes to acclimate your body to the room temperature.
After the 15 minute acclimation period, we’ll spend approximately 20 – 30 minutes doing the thermoscan. Please inform us if you have a hot flash during the session.
I recommend you plan on being at our center for 60 minutes
Dr. Steward is a world wide speaker and she is happy to talk with your groups of friends and family. It doesn't have to be a large event. Small groups are fun and everyone gets their questions no matter the size of the group.
She also has "Meet the Doc" classes at the clinic. Call for the next date and class time.
Patient that had her initial thermogram with a recommendation to do additional imaging + Consultation with a breast surgeon + Follow up with thermography in 3 months.
She did and was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, she came back for her follow up 2 1/2 months later.......
You can see that there is a significant increase in the hyperthermia, vascularity, bulge sign in just 2 1/2 months.
come in years before this developed into Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.
thermography screening 8-10 years before this point was reached. Then, we could make some recommendations for her to have done all those years ago and the outcome might have been better.