No! The two screening tools complement each other. Mammography is specifically looking for the anatomy of the breast, while thermography is looking for physiology, or thermal temperature changes and may be able to reveal critical asymmetry patterns in the breast. In other words, as far as breast cancer, a mammogram will show a lump, where a thermogram will show critical asymmetry heat patterns created around the lump and feeding into the lump. Only a biopsy can determine if a tumor is cancerous.
Breast thermography is a very important screening tool for the 25-49 age group before an annual mammogram may be recommended. This is extremely important for younger women because breast tissue tends to be more dense making it more difficult for radiologists to see a tumor on a mammogram. Breast cancer in younger women also tends to be more aggressive making thermography an adjunct that may be critical in detecting any early signals.
Thermography has been comprehensively researched for over 30 years and FDA registered in 1982. While it is not a replacement for Mammography, it may have many valuable assets including: earlier detection of neovascular (blood supply) patterns, adjunct to inconclusive mammograms, improved detection for women with dense breasts or implants.
Thermography is not diagnostic but gives early risk factors. This is great news because an abnormal result from a thermogram often buys time so that natural interventions and lifestyle changes can influence the outcome. At the least, the condition can be closely monitored with your practitioner of choice safely until conventional interventions need to be applied. It is important to recognize that early detection is the key to a good outcome. Our medical interpreters will provide risk assessments as necessary for any early signals.
Thermal abnormalities related to injuries, physiological changes, inflammation and more. When our physicians evaluate your images, they will assess their significance and comment as to whether they see a low, moderate or high level of significance. They will also recommend a follow-up appointment for further evaluation or to establish a baseline.
Yes! A stable baseline can be established on the follow-up appointment. Our interpreting physicians will compare your images from your first imaging to those of your follow up imaging. When they do this, they are looking for signs that the breasts or areas of concern are thermographically stable. When they see this stability, they will recommend that you come back for imaging in one year for an Annual Follow-Up. If they do not see stability, they may recommend further clinical correlation, and another follow up in 3 – 6 months.
Thermography does not see cancer. If our interpreting physicians see somethingthat they would consider “thermographically significant” they will give you a strong and intentional encouragement to seek further clinical correlation. “Thermographically Significant” does not mean significant for a specific disease.
Really, anyone who is interested in proactively taking charge of their health will benefit from thermal imaging. So many people are focused on disease diagnosis. However, the shift to Health Discovery is a progressive approach for people who value the process of monitoring their health and making lifestyle changes with the guidance of their healthcare practitioners to achieve big results for their health and longevity.
Yes! We have many clients who have breast implants.
No, you do not. The majority of our clients are self-referred. However, we do have many physicians who refer their patients to us, as they value and understand the benefits of thermographic imaging.
Reports will be sent to you via encrypted email within 7-10 days. We can also send an encrypted email with your report to the practitioner of your choice.
We do not bill insurance. You are responsible for payment at the time of your imaging. We have seen insurance pay for thermography but VERY rarely. The “Medi Share” type of health coverage often pays for Thermography (check with your individual plan). We have had the most success with Liberty Health Share. They will reimburse for a breast thermography as part of a “Well-Woman” visit.
Thermography Insurance Codes:
- Thermography CPT code is: 93740, Under Non-invasive Physiologic Studies
- Procedure Diagnosis code R938 is considered billable. (as a reminder, Thermography is NOT Diagnostic, but this is the wording the insurance companies use.
- 2018 ICD-10-PCS Procedure Code 4A0ZXKZ Measurement of Temperature, External Approach.
We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express, HSA cards, as well as cash and checks. Payment is expected at the time of service.
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7790 N Oracle Rd, Ste 120
Oro Valley, AZ, 85704
Shared office space with:
Wild-Wellness Integrative Medicine
Dr. Joshua Reilly ND
AZ Licensed Naturopathic Doctor