Frequently Asked Questions
Is full body infrared imaging safe?
Absolutely! Infrared imaging (or thermography) uses no radiation, intravenous injections of contrast materials, or compression of the body. The procedure is painless, completely safe, and FDA approved as an adjunctive imaging procedure (to be used in addition to other tests). Infrared imaging does not replace any other form of imaging (ex. CT, MRI, mammography), but is designed to be used in addition to other tests to provide physiological information that cannot be obtained from other examination procedures.
Can infrared full body imaging be used to search for metastasis?
No! Infrared imaging cannot be used as a "body scan" to look inside the body for the spread of cancer (metastasis). It is important to note that although infrared imaging plays a very important role as an adjunctive (to be used in addition to other tests) examination in breast imaging, the procedure cannot be used to search for metastasis. Please see your physician for appropriate tests and imaging if you are concerned with metastasis.
I'm looking for a "virtual colonoscopy" along with imaging of the reproductive organs and blood vessels of the heart. Does infrared full body imaging do this?
No, infrared imaging does not look inside the body. Infrared imaging provides a completey different and unique "look" at how the body is functioning. If you are interested in these other types of internal body images, please see your doctor for an appropriate test.
What makes infrared full body imaging different from other full body scans I’ve heard of?
The greatest difference lies in the type of information you get from the two tests. For example, CT or MRI imaging looks into the body for tumors, blocked arteries and other structural changes. If no tumor or blocked arteries are found, does this mean you’re in good health? Some of the health problems that slowly evolve and rob you of your quality of life cannot be detected by structural imaging. As one patient put it, After having a CT full body scan, the doctor showed me that there were no tumors, that the arteries in my heart were pretty good, and that I was in good health. I was shocked! How could I be in good health when I have diabetes, hypothyroidism, chronic back pain, and I’m losing feeling in my feet? Infrared imaging helped my doctor to improve my treatment and get rid of my symptoms."
Infrared imaging detects altered heat patterns emanating from the surface of the body as the result of disturbed neurochemical feedback signals. This allows us to look at how the body is functioning. With this ability, infrared imaging may be able to warn you in advance of symptoms that one or more problems may be developing. This information may give you the time you need to take action to stop the process or head off the possibility of significant damage to the body. Infrared full body imaging offers patients a test that may give an early warning of some of the most common types of conditions that ruin your quality of life.
Do I need a referral from my health care provider?
You do not need a referral and may schedule directly with our center.
Is infrared full body scanning costly?
The fee for full body imaging is $395.00 ($495.00 if breast imaging is included). This includes completion of a thorough health history, imaging, a limited physical examination if indicated, and a written report sent to you in approximately two weeks. We also provide copies of your report to any of your health care providers.
Is infrared full body imaging covered by insurance?
Some insurance providers cover infrared imaging and some dont. This all depends on your individual policy. Our center will provide you with a completed form ready for you to submit to your carrier.