Thermograms available at Natural Bio Health
Natural Bio Health offers Thermography exams for all patients in Austin, Texas. Over 30 years of research and 800 peer-reviewed studies encompassing well over 300,000 women participants has demonstrated thermography’s abilities in the early detection of breast cancer. Thermography provides a painless, noninvasive, nonionizing, instant imaging procedure for the early detection and monitoring of a number of diseases and physical disorders including Breast Cancer, Thyroid, Vascular Disease and various Metabolic and Inflammatory Condition.
With the most current statistic being 1 in 8 women enduring a breast cancer diagnosis, early detection is critical. It is extremely important that ALL women perform not only their monthly self-examination but also see their healthcare professional for a physical exam and have an annual breast screening.
How does a thermogram work?
A Thermogram is a 15 minute, non-invasive test. Thermal imaging uses a highly sensitive, high-resolution digital thermal camera to take a picture of your body’s infrared heat and display these patterns in the form of a digital image. The cells of your body produce heat through their normal function. Abnormal cells typically produce more heat in the early stages of development (before a tumor forms). Thermal imaging examines these “hot spots” which can be the early warning signs of developing pathology.
Is thermography safe?
The machine used by Natural Bio Health is the Spectron IR high resolution. It is a totally non-invasive procedure that is completely safe. There is absolutely NO contact with the body, NO compression, and NO radiation – unlike mammograms. It is simply a picture of your unique thermal heat patterns. The Spectron IR high resolution (thermograph machine) is FDA approved for all of the following:
- Breast Cancer Screening
- Thyroid Abnormalities
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Neuromuscoskeletal Disorders
- Extracranial, Cerebral and Facial Vascular Disease
- Various Neoplastic, Metabolic, and Inflammatory Conditions
How accurate is thermography?
Thermography has a sensitivity and specificity rate of approximately 90%. As with any test, results are often only as good as the technician performing them. Don’t hesitate to ask how much experience your technician has with the equipment and the performance of the procedure. A positive thermogram can be the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast pathology.
What is the difference between thermography and mammography?
Thermography detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection, or vascular disease. It can alert you to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease. It is safe, effective, and ideal for women of all ages. It is completely non-invasive and does NOT use radiation.
Mammography is a test of anatomy that uses x-ray to look for masses or lumps. These masses can take years to form – sometimes 5-10 years before they are large enough and dense enough to show up on an x-ray. Mammograms involve compression of the breast tissue, which may be uncomfortable for some women. A dose of radiation is administered with each view taken. Mammography is not well suited for women with dense breasts, implants, fibrocystic breast, or on hormone therapy.
Although mammograms have been the standard of care for detecting breast cancer, there are many studies showing the dangers associated with them. For example, mammograms have 4 times the amount of radiation exposure of a chest X-ray even though both are considered low dose radiation. There is some evidence that low dose radiation carries a higher risk versus higher dose radiation of the past.
Thermography testing is recommended for its safety, effectiveness and its many uses. Thermography has been shown to have a sensitivity of 83% in detecting breast cancer. Screening with thermography should be considered first. In the case of suspicious lesions, mammography may be added to increase sensitivity.
What does the procedure involve?
This quick and easy procedure starts with you undressing from the waist up. You are placed in a dim, cool room to cool your body temperature down. Cooling time is approximately 12 minutes. You will sit in front of the camera, with your hands behind your head. Five different images will be taken. This allows the camera to scan the breasts, neck and underarms as well as the lymph nodes under the arms, breasts, and neck. The entire visit takes about 30 minutes.
After your first set of breast scans, it is highly recommended that you return for a second set of scans three months later. This second set of images will be compared to the first set of scans, and assures that your thermal patterns have remained unchanged. It is important to determine an accurate picture of your unique thermal heat patterns so that even the most subtle changes can be identified as soon as possible.
Who reads the images and writes the reports?
Our MA privately reads the images and writes the reports. She then has the ability to send them to your or your doctor based on your request.
How much does the procedure cost?
Pricing information available from our office. Please call for more details.
Is this procedure covered by insurance?
This all depends on your individual insurance plan. Some companies cover the procedure while others do not. Our policy is to collect payment at the time of service while providing you with a receipt appropriate for filing with your insurance company for reimbursement. Thermography is not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or Tricare. If you would like to verify whether your insurance company would pay for a breast thermogram, the CPT or procedure code is 93740 – Temperature Gradient Study.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Please call our office for more specific details.
Will I still need to have a mammogram?
In the event that something suspicious should appear on your thermogram, your doctor should be consulted immediately. After a thorough discussion of your options, you and your doctor or health care practitioner may decide that a mammogram or ultrasound is warranted for a different view of the area of concern.