Thermal Imaging Appointments

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Who can benefit from Thermal Imaging?

Everyone can benefit from thermal imaging. Thermal imaging of breast tissue is for all women (and men) of all ages.

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Thermal Imaging - Common Questions

What happens during a breast scan?

This quick and easy test starts with your medical history being taken before you partially disrobe for the scanning to be performed. This first session provides the baseline of your “thermal signature”. A subsequent session 3 months later, assures that the patterns remain unchanged. All of your thermograms (images) are kept on record.  With breast studies, once your stable thermal pattern has been established any changes can be detected during routine annual studies. 

Who is breast imaging suitable for?

All women can benefit from DITI breast checks. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30 - 50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women (50 plus) who for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography or who choose not to. This test can provide a 'clinical marker' to the doctor that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination. 

How often will I need to have this test done?

You will be asked to attend a 3 month follow up after your first scan, which is essential to establish a baseline, and will normally be arranged in advance with you when you attend for your first scan. This follow up scan is charged at a reduced rate provided that it is taken between 90 and 100 days after your original scan. Normal charges will apply to follow up scans not taken within this timescale. It is recommended that you attend annually thereafter, unless there are any suspicious findings in your report when it may be suggested that you attend sooner to monitor any change. 

Why do I need to come back in three months for another breast study? 

The most accurate result we can produce is change over time. Before we can start to evaluate any changes, we need to establish an accurate and stable baseline for you. This baseline represents your unique thermal fingerprint, which will only be altered by developing pathology. A baseline cannot be established with only one study, as we would have no way of knowing if this is your normal pattern or if it is actually changing at the time of the first exam. By comparing two studies three months apart we are able to judge if your breast physiology is stable and suitable to be used as your normal baseline and safe for continued annual screening.

Is it safe?

Yes, Digitial Infrared Thermal Imaging is a completely safe, pain-free, non-invasive procedure. There is no contact with the skin and no radiation.

Do I need to be referred by my doctor?

No, you can make an appointment simply by calling us or visiting the appointments page

How do I prepare for a scan?

There are a few guidelines in preparing for a thermal scan,

Please avoid:

  • Prolonged sun exposure (even with sun creams) 2 days prior to your appointment
  • Lotions, creams, powders, or makeup on the day of the appointment
  • Shaving or other hair removal treatments the day of the appointment
  • The use of deodorants or antiperspirants the day of your appointment
  • Physical stimulation or treatment of the breasts, chest, neck, or back for 24 hours before the exam (e.g. chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot or cold pack use)
  • It is also advisable to avoid the wearing of a bra 1 hour before the appointment
  • Any strenuous exercise 4 hours prior to your exam
  • Hot baths or showers, no closer than 1 hour before the exam
  • Smoking 2 hours before your appointment

Can DITI diagnose cancer?

Thermal Imaging, mammography and ultrasounds do not 'diagnose' breast cancer, breast cancer can only be truly diagnosed using a tissue biopsy. Thermal Imaging is an objective test measuring skin surface temperature to a very sensitive and accurate degree reflecting changes in physiological and metabolic activity within the underlying tissue area. Used as part of a screening programe, DITI will show changes in breast tissue over time that can lead to the detection of cancer with additional clinical tests and will give the earliest possible indication that something is wrong.

Will my insurance cover the scans?

WPA do pay out for DITI but it is worth contacting your provider to check.