Frequently Asked Questions
Body Scanning Ltd has clinics in Eastbourne and Maidstone. Here are the questions that you often ask us; however, if you have a particular concern, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How long does a thermogram take?
The thermogram takes between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on how much Medical Thermal imaging you require.
What happens at the appointment?
You will need to partially disrobe to “cool down” before having this test. Your clinical thermographer will supply you with a gown to wear. The thermographer will ask you questions on your medical history to send to the doctor along with your thermogram images.
What happens after the images are taken?
The digital infrared thermal images are sent to medical doctors specially trained in thermography (Thermologists), who will read the images and create a report for you.
How long will it take for me to get the results?
The report will normally come back to you within 72 hours and you receive this by email; or if you prefer, by post. Your scan is kept securely on computer. You have the opportunity to discuss your results with the thermographer at a later appointment in the clinic, or can be discussed on a phone appointment.
What can I do to prepare for my appointment?
Please read the instructions below ‘Preparing for a thermal scan’ This includes reasons as to why you would not be able to have thermography, which could mean your appointment being rebooked.
Preparing for a thermal scan
We want your images to be as accurate as possible. Before the test please read the following instructions:
- Do not have physiotherapy, massage, acupuncture, osteopathy, ultrasound, any electrical treatment or hot/cold packs on upper body for 24 hours before exam.
- Do not smoke or have caffeine for 3 hours prior to the scan No excessive exercise 4 hours before scan.
- Do not use lotions, deodorants, antiperspirants, creams, powders, makeup or hormone creams on the day of the test.
- Do not take anti-inflammatory tablets or anti-histamine tablets on the day of your scan and if using any medication for pain, if possible please avoid taking them for 4 hours before scan.
- Do not take a bath or hot shower immediately prior to the scan.
- Do not consume hot food or drink for 3 hours prior to screening
- No physical stimulation of breasts for 24 hours before screening.
- No shaving or use of other hair removal products.
- Avoid scratching or rubbing the area to be scanned on the day of your appointment.
- If you are breastfeeding, please try to feed at least 1-1.5 hours prior to scan.
- If you are taking pain medication, please talk to your doctor.
- Stay out of strong sunlight on the day of the test, preferably a few days before, as if you are burned you will need to postpone the test.
- No radiation or surgery including biopsies for 3-4 months before having a thermal scan.
How does thermography work?
Basically, the camera picks up the hot areas of the body (or sometimes cold areas, as in the case of a radiculopathy). It is just like having your picture taken and the first of your images forms the baseline. There is absolutely no contact involved with the thermographer.
Can a woman under 45 have a breast scan performed?
Absolutely! This is a really good idea, as mammograms are not usually performed between the ages of 20-45 because the breast tissue is too dense for the mammogram to be efficiently assessed before the menopause.
Can thermography be used on children?
Yes! It’s very simple and the procedure is extremely child-friendly. Children can be just as irritable as adults who are suffering with unexplained pain that you cannot see. It is a perfectly safe screening procedure and it is always carried out with parents present.
Can it be used even though I know what I have got wrong with me?
Yes it can! If you are receiving treatment for your problem, you can monitor the progress of any treatment that you are having for this condition and during rehabilitation. You can have images taken as often as you want, as there is no radiation or side effects involved.
Can thermography be used for sports injuries?
Thermograms can be extremely helpful to physiotherapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists, and doctors to pinpoint the problem for subsequent treatment and monitoring.
The procedure can detect health issues such as:
- Sports injuries
- Dental disease – even before feeling any pain
- Back, neck, shoulder pain
- Nerve entrapment, impingement, pressure, trauma,
- Ruptured disc
- Stroke Screening
- Detection of deep vein thrombosis
- Evaluating injuries and monitoring the healing process
- Unexplained pain
- Early detection and prevention of various diseases – such as breast disease, strokes, heart attacks.
Thermogram Clinics held at:
Eastbourne Natural Fitness Centre
For appointments at both clinics please call 07738 495450
Southcote Proactive Healthcare
3 Sittingbourne Road