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Thermogram Cost


How Much Does a Thermogram Cost?

 
 average costAverage: $175-$250 

A thermogram can be used as an early detection tool for breast cancer, but should not replace a mammogram and is controversial in the medical community. For example, according to the American Cancer Society[1] , thermography has not been scientifically proven to be an effective method of early breast cancer detection. There are no known physical risks.

Typical costs:

  • For patients not covered by health insurance, a thermogram typically costs about $175-$250, according to an expert on BreastHealthProject.com. For example, About Your Health Inc. in South Carolina charges $175 for a first-visit breast scan using thermography. The The Preventive Medicine Center of Gainesville[2] in Florida charges $183. The Longevity Center, in Wisconsin, charges $195. The Integrative Wellness Center[3] , in California, charges $203. Jeremy Kaslow, MD[4] , in California, charges $230.
  • Health insurance typically does not cover thermography. For example, Aetna[5] considers it experimental, as do BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina[6] and Priority Health[7] . Because thermography typically is not covered, many providers require upfront payment but will provide a coded bill in case the patient wishes to submit it to her insurance company.
Related articles: Mammogram, Breast Ultrasound

What should be included:
  • The patient waits in a room to acclimate to the temperature for about 15 minutes and removes clothing from the waist up. The provider takes multiple images of the breasts with a special digital infrared camera that can detect differences in temperature on the surface of the skin. A thermographer later interprets the images.
  • Thermography is used for breast cancer detection due to the idea that cancer requires formation of new blood vessels, which emit heat.
Additional costs:
  • Providers typically recommend patients come back for regular thermograms at least once a year.
Discounts:
  • Some providers offer online coupons or discounts for repeat customers. For example, the Cometa Wellness Center[8] offers a $25 off online coupon. And About Your Health Inc. in South Carolina offers annual scans for $100 -- $75 off the regular price -- to returning customers.
Shopping for a thermogram:
  • The International Academy of Clinical Thermology offers a list of thermography centers[9] by state.
  • A thermogram does not replace a mammogram, which the American Cancer Society recommends yearly starting at age 40.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Posted by: Janeen K. Walker in San Diego, CA.Posted: January 22nd, 2013 03:01PM
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I attended a conference in San Diego last April and had a total body thermal imaging done. I was impressed with the amount of information that I was given from the Doctor who read the results. I was able to begin some health regiments that have greatly improved my overall well-being. I hope that insurance companies will see the value in thermography. It is a great prevenative/healing tool.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/examsandtestdescriptions/mammo...
  2.  www.prevent-doc.com/thermography/faq.php
  3.  earlybreastscreen.com/thermography-faqs/
  4.  www.drkaslow.com/html/breast_thermography.html
  5.  www.aetna.com/cpb/medical/data/1_99/0029.html
  6.  www.bcbsnc.com/assets/services/public/pdfs/medicalpolicy/thermography.pdf
  7.  www.priorityhealth.com/provider/manual/auths/~/media/documents/medical-policies/91...
  8.  www.cometawellnesscenter.com/thermography.htm
  9.  www.iact-org.org/links.html
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