We are excited to offer breast thermography at our Cleveland, Ohio and Naples, Florida practices.
Since we have started this service, we have helped hundreds of individuals, both men and women, create strategies for optimal breast health. Please read and watch the information about the procedure below, and then schedule your appointment by calling (440) 471-4200 for our Ohio practice, or (239) 227-9066 for our Naples practice. (All Thermographists are CCT certified)
Dr. Casen shares what to expect at our breast thermography experience at The Drugless Doctors.
“Thermography is a painless, non invasive, state of the art clinical test without any exposure to radiation and is used as part of an early detection program which gives women of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease at an early stage. It is particularly useful for women under 50 where mammography is less effective.”
Thermography v. Mammogram Comparison
|Pain-Free||Often very painful for many women|
|Radiation-Free||Uses Radiation to breast tissueMay contribute to increasing breast cancer|
Nothing touches your body
|Can damage implants Not as effective for women with implantsPotential to rupture tumors|
|Detection 5-10 years earlier than mammography alone||Tumor may be present 5-10 years before it is detectableNot as effective for fast growing tumors|
|FDA registered medical equipment||FDA approved|
|Standard images include lymph nodes in the neck, breast, and under arms||Unable to include lymph nodes under arms and neck|
|Can detect inflammatory breast cancer||Can detect micro-calcifications|
|Safe for teens and young women with breast concerns||Not recommended for women under 40 due to dense tissue and radiation concerns|
|85-90% Accuracy, Sensitivity Rate||80-85% Accuracy rate|
|A test of physiology (function)||A test of anatomy (structure)|
|Fewer unnecessary biopsies||Can result in unnecessary biopsies for women with dense and fibrocystic tissue|
|Scans are read and interpreted by Thermologist/MD||Scans are read & interpreted by Radiologist/MD|
|Ideal for all women, especially those with dense breast tissue, fibocystic breasts, implants or who have had mastectomies without reconstructive surgery. A useful adjunct to other screening methods||Not an option for all women, due to age, mastectomy without reconstructive surgery, or prior radiation exposure|
|No Doctor referral required||Doctor referral required|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost?
The first breast thermography session is $250, which includes a consultation with one of The Drugless Doctors post-thermography to create an optimal breast health strategy.
Who should receive breast thermography?
Anyone who is looking to have an assessment to monitor function in your body. This is true especially for females age twenty-five and up. It is also a useful idea to annually receive a breast thermography assessment.
Who should not get breast thermography?
a. Women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding. Please wait three months after you have stopped breastfeeding.
b. Individuals who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Please wait three months after your procedure has finished.
Does insurance cover this assessment?
Currently, most medical insurances will not reimburse for this procedure. However, payment options include self-pay, health savings, or flexible spending accounts.
Will breast thermography show if I have breast cancer?
Thermography is a functional assessment, and it detects temperature changes in breast tissue over time which may indicate neovascularity or lymphatic issues. The information collected in the scan is sent to a board-certified thermologist who creates a customized report for your healthcare provider to review with you. If there is something suspicious that shows up on your scan, the healthcare provider will discuss with you at your follow-up consultation.
Why do I need a follow-up consultation?
All breast thermographies include a consultation to review your results. This allows the doctor to examine the assessment and create a personalized plan just for you.
Will the camera or doctor be touching me during the assessment?
There is no touching required during this test. The test itself is performed by a female and is non-invasive and painless.
How long does it take to get the results back?
Many times it can take anywhere between 1-3 weeks to get the results back.
What happens if I can’t make the second scan at the three-month mark?
Please do everything you can to make this appointment, since this scan helps create your baseline.
What do I do if I have additional questions?
Bring your questions written down to the follow-up consultation that way the doctors can adequately answer them for you.
Important Pre-Breast Thermography Checklist
Please arrive on time. This provides you and your Thermographer to optimize the experience. The session itself is brief, and the more prepared you are allows the convenience of being in and out.
Breast Thermography cannot be performed until three months after any other breast surgery, biopsy, or the completion of chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Breast Thermography cannot be performed during pregnancy or while breast feeding.
Do not have physical or massage therapy, electrical stimulation, or a chiropractic adjustment 24 hours before your breast thermography time.
Do not have coffee or other hot beverages two hours prior to the thermography appointment
Do not smoke two hours before the thermography.
Do not put on any lotions the day of the procedure. Lotion can cause a temperature change. Deodorant and makeup are allowed.
Do not be in direct sunlight 24 hours before your breast thermography; this includes tanning beds. (You cannot be sunburnt at the time of your breast thermography.)
It is not necessary to change your diet before the breast thermography.
Medicine or nutritional support is fine prior to the assessment.
Jewelry will need to come off for the thermography; please plan accordingly.
Your hair will need to be up and away from your neckline and face; please plan accordingly.
You may bring someone with you to the appointment, but you will go into the room by yourself. If you would need assistance, please discuss with the doctor or team.
Our team can answer most of your questions. Remember, the doctors will be reviewing all results and any questions you may have at your follow-up consultation.
Do not exercise two hours prior to your breast thermography.
Breast Thermography Testimonials
One of our practice members who had breast thermography performed at The Drugless Doctors shares about her experience.
“My breast thermography with Dr. Casen was both pain-free and stress-free! She made my experience very pleasant overall with her kindness and professional manner. She took great care to make me feel completely comfortable during this relatively short and simple procedure. My experience in the past with standard mammograms was never good and always painful – this was like a breath of fresh air! I would highly recommend a thermography to all of you ladies out there!”
2019 Breast Thermography Schedule
November 1, November 5
Call (239) 227-9066
Downloadable Forms // PDF
Breast Thermography Initial Paperwork (PDF) - Complete this form prior to your thermography appointment