The Thermography Process

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The Thermography Process

The Thermography Breast Imaging
procedure consists of three simple steps:

Step 1) Preparation – prior to your office visit you will be asked to read and follow the Pre-Examination Instructions and complete the Breast History Form.

Step 2) Equilibration – during the office visit examination you will be disrobed from the waist up for both imaging and to allow for the surface temperature of the body to equilibrate with the room. You will sit with your arms placed in elevated arm rests and away from your body for 20 minutes.

Step 3) Imaging – once equilibrated the female technician will take three (3) camera shots from approximately 4 feet away. (One frontal and two slightly angled shots) To be sure they pictures are clear and accurate the technician will download them before asking you to dress. Once the pictures have been confirmed the Thermography breast exam is completed and the images are sent to Breast Thermography Evaluation.

Thermal breast imaging is used in conjunction with SureTouch in the detection of breast cancer. A thermography breast exam looks for heat that is produced by an increase in blood vessel circulation as well as metabolism changes that occur when a tumor develops and begins to grow. Using this method of thermal imaging for breast cancer screening means that it’s possible that breast cancer can be detected in its precancerous stage or at least be detected when the tumor is too small still to be seen using other methods of breast cancer screenings.

When it comes to thermography vs mammogram, while thermal breast imaging has the potential to detect tumors in their very early stages, it shouldn’t be used as the sole method of breast cancer detection. However, with mammograms being highly inaccurate, painful, and unsafe, they should not be used as the sole method of breast cancer detection, either.

Most people who are familiar with the screening methods used at OC Breast Wellness wouldn’t even consider thermography vs mammogram. Mammogram would be disregarded, and thermography would be used in conjunction with SureTouch as their preferred method of breast cancer screening.

Pre-Examination Instructions Form:

Breast History Form:

Re-opening Safety Protocol Procedures Effective 9/17/2020

In an attempt to practice social distancing we will be limiting the number of patients in our waiting room at one time. Please arrive on time and without additional family members or friends. Our new schedule will be every 45 minutes giving us 30 mins for the exam and 15 minutes to clean up after patient leaves the office.

 

We are only seeing patients on days and times where the other doctors are out of the office.

 

If you are not feeling well the day of your appointment please stay home and do not come in. Call 714-363-5595 to cancel and reschedule your appointment. During this time we will not be charging for same day cancellations as long as you let us know in advance.

 

Prior to Appointment:

  1. Log on to our website at www.ocbreastwellness.com and access our appointment software by clicking SCHEDULE NOW to make sure your credit card information is updated properly in the system. We will not be handling credit cards or cash during your visit. IF you are unable to do this in advance we will have you read your credit card information to us rather than take your card to scan.
  2. Ask Questions prior to your appointment; there will be “minimal talking” during the exam(s). Call in advance if you have concerns or questions.

Upon Arrival:

 

  1. Come up to the door but do not come in until previous patient has left. A chair will be outside for your convenience.
  2. We will email you via DOCUSIGN your paperwork the day before your appointment.
  3. Bring only yourself, your keys, your cell phone & your credit card into the office. No purses, books, drinks or any other items will be allowed in the office.
  4. Please wear your mask into the office and keep it on at all times during the visit (completely covering your nose and mouth). If you don’t have one we will provide one for you.
  5. We will assess your temperature upon arrival. If your respiration is below 94 you will be sent home.

During Exam:

  1. The examiner will have the proper mask, safety goggles and gloves for protection.
  2. Remember limit talking during the breast exam. We will review your results post exam.
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