Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging FAQ
What happens during a 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 assures that the patterns remain unchanged. All of your thermograms (images) are kept on record and once your stable thermal pattern has been established any changes can be detected during your routine annual studies.
Who is breast screening suitable for?
All women can benefit from DITI breast screening. 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 of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography. This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer 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 free of charge provided that it is taken between 90 and 150 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 our clinic. Click here for contact details.
How do I prepare for a scan?
There are a few guidelines for preparing for a thermal scan:
- Do not have physical therapy, massage or acupuncture on the same day thermography is performed
- Do not smoke or have caffeine hours for 3 hours prior to the scan
- Do not use lotions, deodorants, or hormone creams on day of test
- Stay out of strong sunlight on the day of test – if you are sunburnt you may need to postpone the scan
- Do not take a hot shower immediately prior to the scan
- Do not consume hot food or drink for 3 hours prior to screening
- No radiation or surgery including biopsies for 3 to 4 months before having a thermal scan.
- Do not take anti-inflammatory or anti-histamines on the day of your appointment.
- Avoid scratching or rubbing the area to be scanned on the day of your scan
Can DITI diagnose cancer?
Thermal Imaging, mammography and ultrasounds are not diagnostic tests. 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. While breast cancer can only be truly diagnosed by tissue biopsy, breast thermography safely eliminates the need for most unnecessary biopsies as well as the associated emotional suffering, and it does so years sooner than any other test in modern medicine.
Will my insurance cover the scans?
We do not currently know of any insurance providers who cover DITI but it is worth contacting your provider to check.