Protocols for Thermal Imaging
Revision 1.2 - November 2021
Patient preparation and what to avoid prior to exam:
Thermal imaging is a heat sensitive test. Anything that creates heat should be avoided prior to testing. Excessive metabolic activity, friction, or any of the activities listed below could alter heat readings.
1 Month Prior:
● No minor breast surgery, i.e. biopsy.
● We may still perform testing after biopsy. Write this in your intake 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:
● For best results, men should shave facial hair and excessive back hair.
● Avoid all tanning and limit sun exposure.
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).
● Please reschedule if you are feeling feverish or ill in any way.
● Refrain from sexual activity.
Day of Exam:
● Do not use creams, lotions, cosmetics, ointments, deodorant, 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:
● Women - do not wear a bra for the 4 hours leading up to the exam.
● 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.
● Do not use a seat warmer.
2 hours prior:
● Avoid hot or cold liquids.
● Avoid eating or chewing gum.
● Avoid using a cell phone to ear. You can still text, use the speaker, and GPS.
● Do not use a smart watch.
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.
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Please schedule your appointment at least 24-48 hours after you've completed the Patient Intake Form and read over the list of patient protocols. This will ensure the best, most accurate results from your screening.