Thermography Center of Sonoma County

Helping to Create Happy, Healthy Breasts. . . one Woman at a Time

Breast Thermography FAQs

What is Breast Thermography?
Breast Thermography is a risk assessment process that uses an infrared (heat sensing) camera to detect heat variations in the breasts. Because infection, inflammation, fibrocystic and fibroglandular tissue, and breast cancer can cause excess blood in the breast tissue, thermography can detect these areas before any other type of breast screening. These "hot spots" can indicate a risk for breast cancer in a patient, either now or in the near future.

Are all of these "hot spots" cancer?

Absolutely not! While locating these areas can aid in the early detection of breast cancer and inflammatory breast disease, more often these areas indicate unhealthy tissue, infection, stagnant lymphatic flow, cyst activity, inflammation, an injury, scar tissue, fibrocystic/fibroglandular tissue, or a hormonal imbalance.

What can I do about a "hot spot?"

Many of our patients have cleared up their own hot spots by adopting some simple lifestyle habits. We provide you with a copy of our Breast Health Tips during your appointment and discuss how to implement them. Once you have used these Breast Health Tips for a period of time, we recommend that you have a comparison scan to see how much your breast health has improved, (most patients who commit to these proactive breast health tips experience an improved scan on their next visit). You may also choose to work with a health care practitioner who specializes in breast health (we have Referrals for patients in Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino Counties).

Is Breast Thermography safe?

Yes! It is contact-, radiation- and pain-free, and was FDA approved in 1982 as an adjunct to mammography. It is safe for any woman 20 years or older, pregnant or lactating women, women who have had breast implants or reductions or who have had previous cancer surgeries. It is as easy as having your photo taken.

Is Thermography covered by insurance?

In the past two years, we have heard from more and more patients that they have been reimbursed by their insurance companies, especially if they have "out-of-network" coverage. We provide each patient with the necessary paperwork to submit to their insurance for possible reimbursement. 

What does a Thermogram cost?

Depending on the center you visit, infrared breast scans can range from $175-$275. At our center, the initial scan is $220. We ask for payment in full at the time of the visit but also offer a 60-day or 6-month payment plan to anyone who needs it.

What does the cost include?

At our center, the cost includes the initial consultation, lab procedure, 2-page written report from our interpretive Thermologist, 7 breast images in black and white and color, a report guide, our 5 top breast health tips, our local practitioner referral list, and on-going support.

What makes your center different from other centers?

We focus on breast wellness and prevention. Our mission is to see patients before there is a serious issue to deal with. This gives us the opportunity to empower them with simple actions they can take immediately, to either improve their breast health, or maintain their breast wellness. We also are completely committed to customer care, and will do everything possible to support our patients throughout their lives. Remember, before choosing a center, make sure that the technicians and the interpretive Thermologist are Board Certified! This is to ensure that your scan and interpretation will be performed by highly trained personnel.

What can I expect during the actual scan?

Prior to your appointment, we will email you all the necessary paperwork. Most of these forms can be completed prior to your visit, and you will bring all of them with you. Once at our office, we will review the paperwork for accuracy, then you will be asked to acclimate, bare from the waist up, in a cool room for 15 minutes. This allows your skin temperature to cool down, so that your scan will be as accurate as possible. Once the acclimation period has passed, the actual photographs take only a few more minutes. Once the technician has captured all 7 views, you will get dressed, and she will show you areas that the thermologist will inspect on your scan, and explain the temperature ranges that are considered low risk. The entire first visit is usually completed within 45 minutes to one hour. The written report arrives within 2 weeks of your appointment. We will review the report with you over the telephone when we email all documents directly to you.

How can I learn more?

We are happy to answer any questions via email or telephone: you can contact us via e-mail
or by phone at 707-655-5880.

We are now serving clients from the following areas:
Windsor, Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Ukiah, Potter Valley, Willits, Boonville, Mendocino, Ft Bragg, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Calistoga, St Helena, Napa, Yountville, Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo, Novato, Mill Valley, Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Larkspur, Corta Madera, Belvedere, San Rafael, Sausalito, Tiburon, Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Benicia, and all other Northern California cities!