Dr. Hal S. Blatman, founder and medical director of The Blatman Health and Wellness Center, has brought affordable and state-of-the-art thermal breast imaging technology to the Cincinnati area.
The scanned images taken at The Blatman Health and Wellness Center are sent to a certified reader for analysis and evaluation. Within a few weeks, your breast thermography images will be sent to the physician of your choice, along with a comprehensive report. Dr. Blatman will be available to review the report with you or your doctor should there be any questions.
Understanding Thermal Breast Imaging
Early breast cancer screening has been shown to significantly reduce breast cancer mortality. Currently 63% of breast cancers are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the five-year survival rate is 97%. That is why it is so important to take steps to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
FDA-approved since 1982, radiation-free Thermal Breast Imaging can detect signs of cancer earlier than a physical exam, ultrasound, mammogram, or MRI.
What is Breast Thermography?
Breast Thermography is a non-invasive and non-destructive way to screen for breast cancer without dangerous ionizing radiation or painful compression. It uses state-of-the-art technology that assesses temperature in the breast through infrared imaging technology. Comparative exams can create a baseline for monitoring breast health based on thermal changes.
What is Medical Thermography?
Medical Thermography is a whole-body analysis for assessing skin surface temperatures that can be correlated by a physician to assess for abnormal physiology. Uses for thermography are similar to that of an oral thermometer, a stethoscope, or any other medical test that assesses patient function and physiology. There are several types of medical devices used by Medical Thermologists. These include contact sensors, infrared cameras, and point analysis systems. The most technologically advanced system is the infrared thermal camera which is the chosen technology of the Professional Academy of Clinical Thermology. Infrared cameras measure radiation in the infrared electromagnetic emission spectrum that the human body emits. The sensors on the thermal camera read varying degrees of infrared emittance and, through proper calibration, translate it into a temperature reading. The information is then plotted in a digital format in a color palette. The most common palette is the rainbow (ROYGBIV) which shows hot measurements as red and white and cold as magenta and black. These patterns are then analyzed, and physiological assessments are made.
Who Interprets Medical Thermography Images?
Board Certified Doctors interpret thermography images. We have worked with our thermography interpreter for many years, providing consistency and good comparisons for follow-up.
Commonly asked questions:
Do I need a referral from a doctor to get an appointment?
How long does a scan take to perform?
Approximately 20-30 minutes. Please plan for a total of 45 minutes for your appointment.
How long does it take to get the results?
In most cases, we will have the results back within 7-10 business days. If there is urgency, a quicker turnaround time can be requested and usually accommodated.
Is Thermography covered by insurance?
Not at this time. Keep in mind that cutting-edge technology is not covered in most fields of medicine. As a technician, the charge is a nominal fee for this technology despite the high cost of the equipment and the cost of running a temperature-controlled lab. Insurance coverage should not keep you away. Think of all of the other less important things we spend our money on! Ask about options for funding and pre-payment plans.
Do I need to get a mammogram?
That is between you and your primary physician. Thermography is an adjunctive procedure that offers extra information and can be combined with other testing.
How much does Breast Thermography cost?
We charge based on regional factors. Pricing is inclusive of images, interpretation, full written report, and a general 30-minute overview consultation. We offer full body screenings, as well as female and male profiles starting at $299. Most agree that this is a small price to pay for EARLY breast cancer detection in both men and women.
What do I do if a Thermogram is positive?
Take appropriate action, and be sure to follow up as recommended by our doctors and yours. Many times, we are able to pick up cancerous changes before other standard tests, which provides the ability to act swiftly and appropriately. For example, thyroid heat may be found long before a blood test will show signs of thyroid dysfunction. It is well advised to work with a doctor familiar with thermal imaging and its life-saving ability.
Additionally, and on the other hand, thermography can also show that your worrisome breast lump is cold and likely to be benign.
Should I get a full body scan?
About 90% of thermology patients nationwide have a full body or profile done at the time of their exam. The information not only shows areas of dysfunction but may also show if your personal wellness plan is working.
What do I do if my doctor discredits the results?
Please help educate your doctor. Even the “best doctors” think inside their guidelines and frequently reject new ideas and technology. Chances are they are misinformed, or not informed at all. Share information with them that you can download from www.btiscan.com. After all, these very studies come from well-respected medical journals.
How often will I need a thermogram?
Your initial scan will dictate what follow-up is necessary. With no suspicious findings, most follow-up recommendations will be 12 months. Scans that warrant closer monitoring typically will be at 3-6 month intervals. If you are using thermography to monitor your overall health, then it is a good idea to be tested quarterly until your health is stable. Annual wellness checks are recommended.
Are there many false positives with thermal imaging?
The purpose of the thermographic evaluation is to show areas of hot and cold in the body. Thermography is greater than 99% accurate for this purpose. From the study, the report will show your level of risk for cancer. Therefore, we can say there are no false positives with thermal imaging. The surface temperature can be elevated because of underlying infection, inflammation, blood flow, tumors, and other factors. Temperature patterns may also provide clues to an underlying problem such as RSD or complex regional pain syndrome. We can also get information about blood flow to hands and feet to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome or to estimate if there is enough blood flow to repair from a surgical procedure.
Another Data Point
Medical infrared imaging provides another data point to be used for monitoring your health. Men also get breast cancer. And as men get older, it may be a good idea to image their breasts and prostates.