Frequently Asked Questions
Body Scanning Ltd has clinics in Eastbourne, Lewes 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 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 interpret 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 this can be discussed on a phone appointment.
What can I do to prepare for my appointment?
Please read the instructions ‘Preparing for a thermal scan’ – (you will find this when you press the grey ‘Book your scan today’ button). This includes reasons as to why you would not be able to have thermography, which could mean your appointment being rebooked.
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?
Of course. This is a really good idea, as mammograms are not usually performed between the ages of 20-49 because the breast tissue is too dense for the mammogram to be efficiently assessed before the menopause.
Can thermography be used on children?
Children, (paediatrics and juveniles) are handled differently than adults for thermal imaging due to findings that are affected by normal developmental changes as well as hormonal changes. Thermal imaging of any child below the age of 14 should only be conducted on referral by the child’s doctor with specific request relating to the clinical concern and symptom of dysfunction.
So although completely safe for children, the results can be misleading because they are growing. 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.