Therma-Scan is the world’s premier source for the analysis and reporting of medical thermology and provides a regional diagnostic clinical imaging facility in Southeast Michigan. We are the experts in medical thermology. Therma-Scan is medical grade. All stages of data transmission and storage are compliant with HIPAA regulations. Our methodology has five distinct steps of quality control in analyzing each patient’s study. Our analytic technique is derived from the Marseille System to encompass all four diagnostic elements; pattern recognition, thermal energy differential, response to a standardized functional challenge (the Cold Stress) and time-based evolution. The Marseille System provides results of breast thermology on the standardized ‘TH’ scale. Medical practitioners appreciate the practical clinical concordance of the ‘TH’ scale with X-ray mammography’s BI-RADS®.
You must wait at least three (3) months after breast surgery, including any biopsies, the completion of chemotherapy or radiation before a thermology examination.
You must not have had any fever within thirty-six (36) hours of the examination.
You must avoid ultrasound or mammogram or clinical physical examination of the breasts for at least three (3) days prior to the examination.
Activities to Avoid
You are asked to avoid any natural or artificial tanning of your chest for two-three (2-3) days prior to the study date.
You should refrain from hot yoga, sauna, steam-room or hot/cold packs in contact with the breasts for at least twenty-four (24) hours.
You are asked to refrain from exercise, bathing or showering for one hour prior to examination.
Medications, Tobacco and Nicotine Use
With your doctor's permission: Avoid use of the following medications for twelve (12) hours prior to the examination:
Niacin, Niacin Patch (500 milligrams or more)
Any Migraine Medications
You are asked to refrain from any tobacco use two (2) hours prior to the examination.
If you currently are using a nicotine patch or any gum containing nicotine please call our office for further instructions.
Clothing and Personal Care
There should be no bruising, rashes or skin irritation in the breast area on the day of the study.
Please refrain from using deodorants, creams, powders or lotions that may cause an inflammation in the breast area on the day of the study.
If you are breastfeeding, please empty the breasts 30-60 minutes before the appointment.
For your comfort, we recommend that you wear a pullover or button-down shirt.
Food, Drink and Environmental
If you are exposed to outside environmental extremes, such as very cold or warm temperatures, you will be asked to acclimate in comfortable room temperature for approximately fifteen-twenty (15-20) minutes prior to the equilibration process.
Please refrain from bringing any beverages with you on the date of your appointment.
Please refrain from the consumption of caffeinated coffee, tea or any other caffeinated products for two (2) hours prior to the examination.
The Short Answer: The scientific process of diagnostic thermal imaging.
The Short Answer: Medical thermology can reveal the abnormal metabolic and blood-flow features that cause changes in the temperature of the skin that are characteristic of certain types of diseases including breast cancer.
The Short Answer: Most women should start annual breast thermology at 25 years of age and can be self-referred.
The Short Answer: You will stand before the camera and make two sets of images of your breasts from the front and the both sides with one-minute emersion of your hands in cool water between them.