Thermography: Thermal Imaging Scan

Until recently, I had never heard of a thermal imaging scan. Although this test can be a little pricey I feel it was well worth it for me. If you have serious health concerns that need to be addressed, consider looking into this scan.

I was ordered to get a full body scan and sent to a doctor’s office at another location where I met a mother and daughter team who performed the scan. I have to admit, the full body scan was a little tedious. The scan itself, took about an hour to do, but it is well worth it.

The doctor’s office that I was sent to was ill prepared to do the scan. Thermal scans must be done in a temperature controlled environment and kept cool for an accurate reading. The room was kept dark, and we waited until the temperature dropped cool enough to begin the scan. The scan was painless, non- invasive and the best part I was not exposed any harmful radiation.

I received the full report in a week and a copy was sent to my doctor. I am very happy to report mine came back clean.

The full report was over 10 pages long and very complicated to interpret. So, it’s imperative that you have a qualified individual determine the final results.

Brief Overview

Thermography is a test of physiology, in simple terms it looks for functional changes in tissue and can detect early signs of disease and degeneration. Thermography can assist in locating a tumor before it can be detected by other means in years to come.

Thermography detects and records the infrared heat radiating from the surface of your body. The infrared imaging uses your body’s thermoregulation process, which is as unique as your fingerprint. You can see how unique it is by the picture below.

What would it be used for?

  • Breast health screening-detects changes or abnormalities in physiology that can show up in the future as a tumor, detectable on a mammogram.
  • Region of interest-is an accurate way to focus on a specific area of the body that there is a cause for concern.
  • Full body screening-is able to determine the physiology of the body, and often times is beneficial in uncovering hidden health issues. *This is the one I had done.

What else can Thermography help detect in my body?

  • Arthritis-it can differentiate between osteoarthritis and more severe forms such as rheumatoid.
  • Dental issues-TMJ, gum disease, or an infected tooth
  • Digestive disorders-Irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and Crohn’s disease are often visible with thermography.
  • Heart disease prevention-it can help assess heart function and detect Carotid Inflammation of the carotid arteries, which can be a precursor to a stroke or blood clots.
  • Immune dysfunction-such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue
  • Nerve compression and neuropathy
  • Headaches and sinus issues-significant heat in your forehead or sinus region can indicate that these systems in your body are not functioning properly.
  • Other conditions-bursitis, cancer, herniated discs, ligament or muscle tear, lupus, nerve problems, stroke screening, whiplash, and many others.

What is the cost?

Depending on the type of scan the approximate cost can range from $150-$350.


If you are planning on getting the scan done you will want to locate a company well in advance to make sure you are 100% in compliance with everything that will be required of you.

You’ll want the test to be accurate as possible and they do have some general guidelines, 3 months, 1 month, and 24 hours prior to the testing.

Beastly Tip:

*Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, be prepared to do some waiting. Depending on the scan it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour to perform the scan itself. You may also have to wait until both your body and room temperature are cool enough to start the scan.

Beastly Advice:

  • Ask the right questions.
  • Are the doctors interpreting the scan board certified MDs? And what additional training do they have as Thermologist.
  • Are the Thermologists clinically licensed?
  • Is the equipment up to date? Is the camera high definition? What is the margarine for error with their computer and how many scans have they performed with their equipment?
  • Don’t feel bad ask a lot of questions, you’ll want to get the most accurate test results as possible. The person who performs the test is just as important as the one who reads the scan.

Beastly Tip:

Usually the scans are sourced out and done from a mobile unit on a location. You may have to start by calling your local hospital to find someone in your area who performs such a scan.

For more information on the scan itself you can check out this link.

If you live in South East Florida you can check out the company I used here.

Have you had this scan done or are you planning to? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comment section below.


  1. Lisa,
    I think I am going to ask my doctor about having a scan. You described this procedure
    so articulately that even I can understand it.



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