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Exam Preparations

In preparation for your thermography session, we ask you to review the following pre-exam instructions and follow the ones that apply to the scan you will be having.  Following them ensures the results of your scan will be accurate:


  • No prolonged sun exposure to breasts 5 days prior to your appointment.

  • No deodorant, antiperspirant, lotion, cream or make up on the day of the exam.

  • No shaving or waxing on the day of the exam

  • If bathing, do so one hour or more prior to exam

  • No physical stimulation of the breasts for 24 hours prior to the exam.

  • No exercise 4 hours prior to your exam

  • No treatment (chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot or cold pack use) of the neck, back, chest or breasts 24 hours before the exam.

  • Please refrain from drinking hot or cold beverages for 1-2 hours prior to the scan and refrain from smoking 1 hour prior to your exam.

  • Do not drink alcohol 12 hours prior to your exam.

  • Avoid sitting directly in the air flow of air conditioning, heat or room air fan in a car or other environment; please feel free to use but avoid directly on you. 

  • No seat warmers or seat fans 2 hours prior to exam

  • Best to wear loose fitting clothes to your appointment.

  • Please inform us when scheduling your appointment of any medical procedures you have had within the last 12 weeks that might affect the results of your thermogram.

  • Please avoid taking any pain medications 4 hours prior to imaging. That said, you will need to consult with your prescribing physician for his or her consent before making a change in medication.  If you are not able to refrain from taking pain medication prior to your scan please let Rachel know.

Please note: Surgical procedures, such as implants, reductions, and biopsies, do not interfere with infrared imaging. If you have copies of any other test results (e.g., mammograms, ultrasounds, or biopsies), please bring them with you. 

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