Thermography – Patient Instructions

Thermography can only provide a reliable result if you follow the instructions below carefully.

  1. When you come for the exam, arrive calm and relaxed, not rushed, too hot or too cold.
  2. You will be asked to sit calmly in a room for ½ hour before testing in order to adapt to the room temperature.
  3. Stop taking medications 48 hours before the exam (no sleeping pills, anti-inflammatories, sedatives, or laxatives; not even homeopathic medications or supplements). An exception to this rule is life-supporting medications which cannot be stopped, such as medicine for diabetes, asthma, heart disease, etc. Contact our office for additional information if you are not sure what drugs you should or should not stop.
  4. On the day of the examination do not drink any coffee, black tea, or alcohol and do not smoke, because it would change your circulation such that the heat measurement would be altered. A light, small breakfast is acceptable. Do not shower or bathe the morning of the exam. Washing the face and hands with warm water is acceptable. Do not use cosmetics, deodorant or body spray that day. Do not exercise, meditate, or perform any strenuous activity.
  5. On the day of the exam you should wear comfortable clothing which can be removed easily (no bra, no corset, and a loose fitting belt). Do not wear tight clothing; reddened areas will affect the measurement. It is best to wear clothes made from natural fibers e.g. cotton. Even in the summer, you should wear socks, trousers, and long-sleeved shirts or blouses, because the legs and arms should be covered before the first measurement takes place. You will be asked to remove your dentures and/or partial plates before the exam begins.
  6. During the examination, please refrain from speaking unless absolutely necessary, as this too can alter the readings.

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