Northern Arizona Thermal Imaging

Your Checklist for a Successful Thermal Exam...


Purpose of Study

  • To examine selected areas to detect recognizable signs of normal or abnormal physiological activity, in order to determine if further clinical evaluation or preventive recommendations are required


Client Preparation

  • You must wait at least 3 months after breast biopsy, surgery, or radiation therapy before a you have a Thermal Exam.
  • Also, avoid tanning or sunburn 1 week before the exam.
  • Lactation: during which time imaging is only recommended if there is a problem or concern.  To establish a normal baseline, imaging is not recommended for at least 3 months after the last active breastfeeding.

For 24 hours before the exam:

  • Avoid exercise, swimming, or heavy physical activity.

  • No massage, lymph treatments, or chiropractic adjustments.
  • No saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, sunbathing, or hot or cold packs.
  • No alcohol
  • Re-schedule if you experience a significant fever.

On the day of the exam:

  • Do not shave anywhere on your body.
  • No hot shower within 4 hours of imaging.
  • No using deodorants, heavy make-up or skin creams on the areas to be imaged.
  • No heat lamps or sunburn (you would have to reschedule).
  • For imaging of the Head, do not eat for at least 2 hours prior.
  • No gum chewing.
  • Transportation should be at a cool temperature, but avoid A/C or heat blowing directly on you.
  • Do not hold a cell phone to your head or have it on your body for 2 hours before your exam.
  • If you can, remove your bra 2 hours before your exam.
  • No Jewelry. You will be asked to remove all jewelry in the area to be imaged.

During the exam:

  • There will be no contact with your body; no injections or radiation. You will be in a comfortably cool private room, and the camera will be positioned from 4 to 8 feet away from you as you turn to change to the necessary positions.
  • A region of interest, like the head or breast, will take about 15 minutes.  A full body exam will take approximately 45 minutes, as time is allowed to briefly review the images before you leave; no interpretations will be offered at this time.

Your images along with your questionnaire will be sent to a Board Certified M.D.Thermologist for interpretation.  A written report including images, will be sent to you and / or your Health Care Provider within 72hrs.

Carol Conti RT, CTT                                                                                                                                                     Northern Arizona Thermal Imaging