Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions

DOES THERMOGRAPHY REPLACE MAMMOGRAPHY?


Differences between Thermography and Mammography are huge and honestly shouldn’t be compared. They both look at the breasts, and that is where the similarities stop. Mammography is looking for cancer. It is looking for indications that are cancer and it finds things like calcifications that could mean there is some kind of cancer present or that there was some kind of issue going on. Whatever abnormal findings they see, they may send you to get further clinical correlation from ultrasound and/or biopsy. Thermography is looking to see if your breasts look healthy and from a thermographic standpoint we are looking at dilated ducts, lymphatic congestion, generalized inflammation, and hormone imbalances. Our goal with Thermography is to alert you to physiological changes as they occur so you can proactively begin making changes to stop the progression.




WHAT CAN YOU SEE WITH THERMOGRAPHY?


Thermal abnormalities related to injuries, physiological changes, inflammation and more. When our physicians evaluate your images, they will assess their significance and comment as to whether they see a low, moderate or high level of significance. They will also recommend a follow-up appointment for further evaluation or to establish a baseline.




DO I NEED TO GET A BASELINE?


Yes! A stable baseline can be established on the follow-up appointment. Our interpreting physicians will compare your images from your first imaging to those of your follow up imaging. When they do this, they are looking for signs of thermographical change or stability. When they see stability, they will recommend that you come back for imaging in one year for an Annual Follow-Up. If they see change in your thermal patterns, they may recommend further clinical correlation, and another follow up in 3 – 6 months.




DOES THERMOGRAPHY SEE CANCER?


Thermography does not see cancer. If our interpreting physicians see somethingthat they would consider “thermographically significant” they will give you a strong and intentional encouragement to seek further clinical correlation. “Thermographically Significant” does not mean significant for a specific disease.




WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THERMOGRAPHIC IMAGING?


Anyone who is interested in proactively taking charge of their health will benefit from thermal imaging. Many people are focused on a specific health diagnosis. However, the shift to Health Discovery is a progressive forward thinking approach for people who value the process of monitoring their health and making lifestyle changes with the guidance of their healthcare practitioners.




DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?


We do not bill insurance. You are responsible for payment at the time of your imaging. We have seen insurance pay for thermography but VERY rarely. The “Medi Share” type of health coverage often pays for Thermography (check with your individual plan). We have had the most success with Liberty Health Share. They will reimburse for a breast thermography as part of a “Well-Woman” visit. Thermography Insurance Codes:

  • Thermography CPT code is: 93740, Under Non-invasive Physiologic Studies
  • Procedure Diagnosis code R938 is considered billable. (as a reminder, Thermography is NOT Diagnostic, but this is the wording the insurance companies use.
  • 2018 ICD-10-PCS Procedure Code 4A0ZXKZ Measurement of Temperature, External Approach.




WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?


We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express, HSA cards, as well as cash and checks. Payment is expected at the time of service.




WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY REPORT?


Reports will be sent to you via email within 7-10 days. Ask for additional accommodations if a serious concern exists.




WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE THERMOGRAPHY APPOINTMENT?


You will bring in your completed questionnaire. This mainly consists of your personal health and family history. For your session, you are given a gown to put on and can relax while acclimating to a cool but comfortable room temperature. One of our highly trained techniciions will review your paperwork and ask more in depth details regarding the history you provided. You will then sit or stand in front of the camera, behind a privacy screen, and a series of images will be taken. Because we are monitoring skin temperature, the gown is removed. All considerations for modesty are observed. Once the imaging appointment is over and you leave, the images and history are submitted to the Physicians Insight Clinical Interpretation Group. You then receive a password protected email copy of their interpretation report and images. In our office, all new patients are called to review the language of the report. Your support does not end once you leave our imaging session. We are always ready and happy to support you in your health discovery!




WHICH STUDY SHOULD I BEGIN WITH?


The most beneficial advantage of thermography is to thermally monitor dynamic changes in your overall health. We recommend you choose to have a health study for full body study to include multiple areas of your body for your first exam. Remember your body is a marvelous system and more often than not we can see issues in one region having affects in another region as well.





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