Breast Thermography Pre-Exam Preparation

Pre-examination Preparation:

These instructions are of great importance in maintaining the accuracy of your images.

  1. No sun bathing of the area to be imaged 5 days prior to the thermography exam.
  2. No use of lotions, creams, powders, deodorants, antiperspirants, or makeup on the body area to be imaged the day of the exam.
  3. No upper body imaging on the day of the exam.
  4. If any body areas included in the images are to be shaved, this should be done the evening before the exam or at least 4 hours prior to examination.
  5. No physical therapy, EMS, TENS, ultrasound treatment, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical stimulation, hot or cold pack use for 24 hours before the exam.
  6. No exercise 4 hours prior to the exam.
  7. If bathing, it must be no closer than 1 hour before the exam.
  8. If not contraindicated by the patient’s doctor, avoid the use of pain medications and vasoactive drugs (drugs which affect blood vessels) the day of the exam. The patient must consult with their doctor before changing the use of any medications.
  9. For breast imaging, if the patient is nursing they should try to nurse as far from 1 hour prior to the exam as possible.