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Patient Education Sheet

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Thermography / Thermogram)

Purpose of test:

Help in determining cause of pain.

Evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury.

To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition.

To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing.

For the early detection of lesions.

To follow progress of healing and rehabilitation.

To provide objective evidence.

Frequently asked questions:

Where is test performed?

X to Rays Practitioner office

Who performs test?

Clinical Thermographer or trained Imaging Technician

Any risks or side effects? 

None. Procedure non-invasive.

Patient preparation:

Do not have physical therapy or electromyography on the same day thermography is performed.

Activity - Do not smoke for 2 hours before the test; do not use lotions or liniments on day of test, stay out of strong sunlight day of test. Note, this includes no use of underarm deodorant/antiperspirant if this is part of the area to be imaged. If you must use, apply as little as possible and only directly in the armpit itself.

If we will be imaging the back or the head, then hair must be up off of the neck and away from the face area. Please pin up or headband in advance or a headband will be provided when you come for imaging.

Diet - No changes necessary.

Medicines - No changes necessary.

Disrobing - Remove all clothing and jewelry. Put on surgical gown. May vary with single region imaging where less disrobing is required.

Pregnancy – we do not image from conception until 3 months after the end of breast feeding due to all the changes going on, not due to any safety issue. Read and fill out all the forms provided and bring with you on test day. Returning patients will review their previous forms on test day.


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