Preparing Your Visit

  • You should wait at least three (3) months after breast surgery, the completion of chemotherapy or radiation before having an Infrared Mammogram.
  • You should avoid any natural or artificial tanning of their chest for seven (7) days prior to the Infrared Mammogram date.
  • You  must not have had significant fevers within thirty-six (36) hours of the examination.
  • You are asked not to shave their underarms or use any skin creams, lotions, deodorants or powders on their breasts or underarms on the exam day, avoid any physical stimulation, examination or compression of the breasts (self or clinical examination, Ultrasound or X-Ray Mammogram) for at least 3 days prior to the examination.
  • You should refrain from a sauna, steam-room or hot/cold packs in contact with the breasts for at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the examination.
  • You are asked to refrain from exercise, bathing or showering for one hour prior to examination.
  • You should refrain from any tobacco use and caffeinated beverage consumption for two hours prior to the examination.
  • Do not wear any necklaces or long hoop earrings.

The Procedure

  • In preparation for the scans, and after filling out a breast history form, patients are asked to undress to the waist in a private room to allow the breasts to cool to a room temperature of 66-74o F (18 – 22oC) for about 15 minutes.
  • For the actual scanning the patient is asked to sit about 3 – 4 feet in front of the thermal imaging system with arms raised behind the head while three images are taken: front, right side and left side.
  • Next comes the cold water challenge where patients are asked to place both hands in cold water at 52°F (8 – 10°C) for one minute.
  • After that, the three scans are repeated.  The post challenge scans will highlight tissue that did not respond to the cold by constricting.
  • Once completed, the thermography breast scans will be read and analyzed using internationally used and regulated standards by Dr. Phil Hoekstra who is a trained and skilled member of the American Academy of Thermology and also its President.