Certified Thermographic Technician
International Academy of Clinical Thermology, 2019
Clinical Thermographic Technician, Trained under Dr. Robert Kane, DC, DABCT, FIACT.
Thermography Cost & Duration
Breast exams take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Other exam times depend on extent of area being imaged.
Breast exams: $200
Full Body exam: $550
Point of Interest exam: $100
Rush Fee: $50 (3 working days)
* We accept Cash, Check, Credit Cards, and Pay Pal (We do not accept Insurance)
Indications for use
Breast Health Monitoring
Muscular skeletal disorders and injuries
Inflammation and chronic pain
Thermography Infrared Camera
Flir T300 (calibrated 11/2020) Thermal sensitivity .05C
Exams Read By: Dr. Robert Kane, DC DABCT, FIACT
Dr. Robert Kane brings over 25 years of experience in the field of thermal image interpretation.
* Dr. Kane is an independent contractor for the purpose of Thermography interpretation only. Dr. Kane is not an owner, employee, or agent of BodyTherms, and does not oversee my operations.
Dr. Kane's Accreditations:
2002 Diplomate awarded in Clinical Thermography; American Board of Clinical Thermographers
2001 Diplomate awarded in Clinical Thermology; International Academy of Clinical Thermology
2001 Fellow awarded in Clinical Thermology; International Academy of Clinical Thermology
1999 Certified Clinical Thermographer; American Board of Clinical Thermographers
What is Thermography?
Thermography, also known as Thermal Imaging or Infrared Imaging, is a painless, Non-Invasive way of visualizing the body's heat patterns. These heat patterns tell a story about the body's physiology. We utilize the top of the line digital infrared camera (by Flir model T300) to see and record a "heat map" picture of the body and provide a color code and actual temperature data to show the temperature ranges.
Thermography is approved by the FDA as an Adjunctive Breast Health Screening tool - and does not compete with, nor replace a Mammogram, Ultrasound, MRI, etc. Your results of the exam should be shared with your doctor for further recommendations and used in addition to other screening tools to access your breast health.
Thermography is best used when comparing changes over time. Your report will have a follow up recommendation for when to come back and track changes to your breast health.
How does it work?
The high-resolution thermal imaging camera displays temperature variations in the body. It is especially good for bringing awareness to breast health because the breast tissue is normally cool (fatty tissue), and abnormalities can show up as heat or blood vessels that we can see with the sensitive equipment. Heat is not always cancer though, it can be an injury or infection, and tracking the breast health over time is the best way to know if the patterns are dissipating or getting worse.
Since thermal imaging measures the infrared heat coming from the surface of the skin, the skin must be exposed to the air and the camera. The client will disrobe from the waste up and acclimate to the room temperature for 10-15 minutes. We take approximately 12 images, including under anterior, posterior, oblique’s, and lateral images. The Radiologist then interprets the body's symmetry, its vascularity, and compares to the previous exam, when applicable. Images are sent to an A.M.I.A Board Certified Thermologist who is a Diplomat and Fellow in Thermal Imaging, Dr Robert Kane, DC.
What if I am pregnant or nursing?
Thermography is completely safe even for pregnant or nursing women. No radiation is used. However, when nursing, there is a significant amount of heat already due to the normal patterns of nursing, so detecting an abnormality can be difficult.
When should I get my first Thermograph?
Women as early as 15 years old can benefit from a thermography, but usually women in their 30’s-40’s get their first, baseline image done. This baseline can then be used to compare physiological changes that occur with aging, toxicity, injury and hormones.
The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) Statement
The American Academy of Thermology’s position on breast thermography is that it represents a breast health risk assessment tool. We do not now and have never supported the notion that breast thermography is a diagnostic test for breast cancer. While we understand that there are certain individuals who have made this claim in Canada and in other countries, we are directly opposed to that position.
Historically the Food and Drug Administration approved medical thermography as an adjunctive test for breast cancer screening in 1982 (these were the words of the FDA, not ours). It is not our intent to compare thermography with mammography, ultrasound, MRI, or any other diagnostic test. We believe that valuable information can be garnered from thermography of the breast. Breast thermography is a physiologic test that offers individuals and healthcare practitioners insight which permits for a proactive approach to breast health on important issues including hormone imbalance, angiogenesis, lymphatic congestion, and other soft tissue abnormalities associated with breast health. Breast thermal imaging provides this information from a noninvasive format which does not expose the individual to radiation or compression.
In conclusion, we support the use of thermography as a breast health risk assessment tool. While much of the information garnered in a Breast Thermographic examination does address risk factors that may be associated with changes in breast health, thermographic imaging in and of itself is not a competitor to or replacement for any other diagnostic test. We do not see Breast Thermography as a stand- alone or a “diagnostic test” for breast cancer. The AAT supports those individuals in Canada and worldwide who share our position and hope that this information will enlighten others who see the purpose of thermography differently.
Links to More Information:
What Is Breast Thermography?
List to Qualified Thermography Centers
American Academy of Thermology Research
ACCT Blog about Breast Thermography