Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Reproductive Health > Thermogram

Thermogram Cost


How Much Does a Thermogram Cost?

 
 average costAverage: $175-$250 
post Post   Comments (1)  

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.
 
post Post   Comments (1)  
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
total body scan
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Janeen K. Walker in San Diego, CA.Posted: January 22nd, 2013 03:01PM
Provider: Total Thermal Imaging
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Thermogram
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Provider:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



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
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does an X-Ray Cost? How Much Do Body Piercings Cost? How Much Does a Heart Stent Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Replace Toilet Wax Ring (DIY)
Paid: 25.00
Cost could have been cheaper, but previous owners hired a plumber and contractor who didn't do the job right. So we ran into problems. The first wax ring didn't work, so we had to buy the old fashioned type... [more]
-JT Holm
Toilet Repair Cost
Plumbing totourial
Paid: 0.00
I am appalled by some of these charges myself and yes plumbers have a hard,disgusting and exhausting job and it’s not for everyone... [more]
-Caleb Domec
Plumber Cost
Ischemic stroke
Paid: 89000.00
I had a CT scan, they called helicopter to transfer to trauma hospital in Atlanta, but neurosurgeon there said the stroke is is I n a deep area, and would be too dangerously to remove the clot surgically... [more]
-Marie-Jose
Stroke Treatment Cost
Connective tissue graft
Paid: 1300.00
Had to get a connective tissue graft for three of my teeth on my lower left and likely will need a few more done down the road (genetics). The procedure took about an hour and was pain-free... [more]
-
Gum Tissue Graft Cost
Alaska propane pricing 2020
Paid: 130.71
No contract price is $3.87 x 32.8 gallons + $3.81 fee = delivered remote Cooper Landing Alaska. New contract renewal $1.91/gallon for delivery plus propane cost which I need to check on... [more]
-Keith Mantey
Propane Cost
Funeral
Paid: 160.00
Can somebody contact me... [more]
-Terrance Samuel
Releasing Doves Cost