Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please call the office/center where the thermogram is being performed to schedule.

The current schedule can be found here.

How long does it take?

After the initial paperwork, the picture taking for a breast study is about 5 minutes.  The total scheduled time is 15 minutes.  Additional areas increase the time.  A Full Body thermogram takes approximately 45 minutes. 

How much is a thermogram?

The initial breast thermogram is $169. The medical doctors who interpret the thermogram  recommend that you come back for “the rest of your baseline” in 3 months.  The doctors are determining what is normal for you, as it varies for each woman, and is like a personal “breast print”. 

All thermograms (breast images) are kept on record and form a baseline for all future routine evaluations.  It is not advisable to skip the follow-up baseline.  After that, the thermogram is recommended annually.

Follow-up breast thermograms are $119.  A whole body thermogram is $375.  Sectional shots are $59 (ie. head, abdomen, legs, chest for men). Payment is required at time of service.  We accept Cash, Check and most major credit cards.

Please confirm pricing when scheduling your appointment.

Will my insurance company pay for a thermogram?

Asheville Integrative Medicine is not participating with any insurance companies.  While the procedure itself is FDA approved most insurance companies consider it investigational and will not pay for it.   

I don’t want to have a mammogram, I would rather have thermograms instead.

Mammograms and thermograms each miss about 15-18% of breast cancers, but they tend to miss different ones.  Mammograms tend to miss the faster-growing cancers, which fail to produce calcium deposits.  Thermograms tend to miss the slower-growing cancers, which fail to produce robust blood-vessel growth.  

For more interesting and current information on thermograms you can visit the American College of Clinical Thermography blog 

Will you send a report to my doctor?

Yes.  Please provide our thermographer with your doctor’s name and contact information.  You will also get a copy of your report.

Everyone tells me I must put my hands in cold water or sit in a cold room for 20 minutes, and if that isn’t done the thermogram is ineffective.  Why doesn’t your company do that?

After much thorough research, Meditherm has concluded that following a “cold” protocol is not helpful and may even affect the results in a less than desirable way.  For more information on this study, click here.

Our current protocol is to let the bare skin acclimate to the room temperature, verifying by thermogram pictures which show the skin cooling down.   When the skin stabilizes (stops cooling), we then begin to take thermogram pictures.

Can I have a thermogram if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is not recommended