Protocol for Thermal Imaging
Patient Preparation: Thermal imaging is a heat-sensitive test. Anything that creates heat should be avoided prior to testing. Excessive metabolic activity, friction, or any of the activities listed below which will alter heat readings.
1 Month Prior:
● No minor breast surgery, i.e. biopsy.
● We may still perform testing after the biopsy. Write this in your intake form.
● Patients MUST wait a minimum of 4-6 weeks post CoolSculpting procedures BEFORE having thermal imaging. ● Patients should wait 6 weeks after Cupping BEFORE having thermal imaging.
1 Week Prior:
● Be cautious of too much sun exposure in order to avoid sunburn.
● Scans will have to be rescheduled if the patient has a sunburn of any sort.
48 Hours Prior:
● For best results, men should shave facial hair and excessive back hair.
● Avoid all tanning and limit sun exposure.
24 Hours Prior:
● Avoid chiropractic care, massage therapy, or acupuncture.
● No saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, heating pads, or hot water bottles.
● No analgesic creams or balms.
● Do not shave underarms (should be done prior).
● Please reschedule if you are feeling feverish or ill in any way.
● Refrain from sexual activity.
Day of Exam:
● Do not use creams, lotions, cosmetics, ointments, deodorant, antiperspirants, powders or any other skin product.
● Please bring a hair tie to remove hair from your forehead and back of neck.
● Remove all piercings and jewelry prior to exam, unless unable to.
4 hours prior:
● Women - do not wear a bra for the 4 hours leading up to the exam
● Avoid hot showers or shaving.
● Avoid physical therapy or exercise.
● No coffee, tea, soda, or other beverages containing caffeine. No alcoholic beverages.
● Do not smoke cigarettes or use any product which contains nicotine.
● Do not use a seat warmer.
2 hours prior:
● Avoid hot or cold liquids.
● Avoid eating or chewing gum.
● Avoid using a cell phone to ear. You can still text, use the speaker, and GPS.
● Do not use a smart watch.
Prior to and During Exam:
● Please inform us if you have a hot flash during the session.
Try to relax prior to and during the exam. Stress will affect your exam.
Lenna Shepard is not a doctor, does not draw blood, does not prescribe medications nor diagnose conditions. This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Lenna Shepard strongly recommends and encourages you to consult with your medical doctor or other healthcare professional.