Q&A

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How do I schedule an appointment?

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Simply call our office at 317.863.5888 and the staff will be happy to assist you in scheduling a convenient time.

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What is medical thermography?

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Simply put, thermography is a way of measuring and imaging heat. Medical thermograms capture functional change, not structural. A highly sensitive “camera” is used to capture the infrared energy pattern being given off by the body.

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How is thermography beneficial to me in achieving optimal health?

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Medical thermography is important and helpful because EVERY CHRONIC DISEASE – from heart disease, to Alzheimer’s to diabetes to cancer – involves chronic inflammation. And inflammation, by definition, involves heat. Inflamed tissue is literally “hotter” than normal tissue. Currently, the most common use for medical thermography is breast imaging.

Medical thermal imaging is a comfortable, non-invasive procedure that emits absolutely no radiation and does not come in contact with the body. By capturing the body’s specific “heat signature,” thermography allows us the chance to detect and monitor dangerous processes long before they may be seen using other imaging techniques like X-rays, mammograms, CT scans, MRI’s, and so on.

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What are the specific considerations I should make when deciding if medical thermography is for me?

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Time: By the time a cancer is large enough to be visualized on a mammogram, it’s very likely been growing for eight, ten or even twenty years. Because they visualize functional changes that start long before a lump or mass appears, thermograms may offer earlier detection of something potentially dangerous going on.

Safety: Because they don’t use radiation, thermograms are completely safe. We’ve known for a very long time that radiation itself can trigger the start of cancer. While the exposure from a mammogram is very small, and the risk of that exposure is very small, that risk isn’t zero. Thermograms involve zero risk.

Predictability: An abnormal thermogram is the single most significant high risk indicator for developing breast cancer.

Survival: Thermography improves long-term survival rates for those who use it regularly.  Mammograms have never been shown to do that.

Painless: No compression. No squishing.  No squeezing. No pain.

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What makes Medical Thermography of Hamilton County the best choice?

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Quality of imaging: We are the only facility in Indiana that utilizes state-of-the art technology: SPECTRON-IR. This technology offers the highest resolution available: 640 x 480. This refers to the number of individual infrared sensors (pixels) that will be used to produce the image. In the simplest terms, the more infrared sensors, the more detailed the image. Additionally, the SPECTRON-IR camera uses a large 50 mm lens. A larger lens allows for more light or infrared radiation to pass through it. This is the largest lens that is practical for the detector, providing the highest image quality.

Location & Affiliation: Medical Thermography of Hamilton County is conveniently located within the offices of Living with Intention, Inc., a functional/integrative medical practice in Fishers, Indiana. This state-of-the-art facility offers medical care, as well as mental health counseling, a consulting registered dietitian, and pharmacy-grade supplements.

Physician Directed: Stephen P. Elliott, M.D. is a Functional/Integrative Medicine specialist and the Medical Director of Medical Thermography of Hamilton County as well as Living with Intention, Inc. He is uniquely qualified to practice this medical specialty due to his many years of experience as a family practitioner – providing him with a sound understanding of what is available to his patients in the conventional realm, coupled with his extensive training and years of experience in functional/integrative medicine.

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Do I need a physician referral?

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No. Patients can self-refer. However, we also accept physician referrals. You will receive a copy of your thermography report and we encourage you to share that report with your referring physician for their review and input. Alternatively, you may schedule an appointment with our Medical Director, Stephen P. Elliott, M.D., to review those results as well.

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Is thermography covered by insurance?

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Typically, no. However, HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA (Flexible Spending Account) dollars do cover thermography.