Frequently Asked Questions

Thermography

Question:

When should breast thermography begin?

Answer:

When possible, thermal breast imaging should begin at age 20 to  establish a baseline reading. Screening should continue every three  years between the ages of 20 and 30. After age 30 it is suggested that  women receive one screen per year. 


Question: 

What if I have implants or have had breast surgery?

Answer:

 No problem. Clear and accurate images can be obtained regardless of any  history of breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast  reduction or breast enhancement. In fact, breast thermography is the  initial screening method of choice for women who have had breast surgery  of all kinds due to the limitations of mammography.  


Question: 

Why is breast Thermal Imaging so important for a woman's health?

Answer:

 Breast thermography can identify changes in the breast that are likely  to lead to breast disease (cancer) 4- 10 years before a tumor would  appear. It can also identify who's at risk for developing cancer in the  future and allows, for the first time, the opportunity for breast cancer  prevention.  

About the Exam

Question:

Where is the testing done?

Answer:

At our dedicated thermal imaging clinic in Spokane, that is specifically designed and climate controlled. We also travel to the Tri-Cities three times a year. 


Question:

Who performs the test?

Answer:

 The test is performed by a female Certified Clinical Thermography Technician 


Question:

Who reads my scans?

Answer:

 We are pleased to have Dr. Robert Kane, DC, DABCT, FIACT, as our  center's  interpreter.   Dr.  Kane  serves  on  the  board  of  the  IACT, (International Academy of Clinical Thermology).   Dr. Kane   teaches  doctors  worldwide  on  the  science  and  interpretation  of   thermal imaging. Dr. Kane is a Board Certified Clinical Thermologist;  Diplomat, American Board of Clinical Thermology; Diplomat, American  Board of Medical Infrared Imaging; Board Member International Academy of  Clinical Thermography.  


Question: 

How long does it take for results?

Answer:

 Results are usually conveyed within 1 week. 


Question:

How long does the exam take?

Answer:

 The patient time for the procedure and review of your images is approximately 40 minutes. Please allow an additional 30 minutes for a MammaCare clinical breast exam. 


Question:

Any risks with the procedure? Side Effects?

Answer:

 There are no risks involved.  The procedure is non-invasive. There is no radiation or pain.