Cranial/dental/thyroid (CDT) screens examine the entire head and neck. From these images we can screen for indications of: headaches, sinusitis, unknown dental infections, TMJ inflammation, thyroid dysfunction, carotid artery disease (& stroke risk), whiplash, trigger points in the neck, and more.
Why CDT Scans?
Dental infections: Unknown dental infections can leave you at risk for a wide range of diseases, including breast cancer, pneumonia, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Dentists typically screen for dental infections using x-ray; however, this is method does not always detect the infection and provides unnecessary radiation exposure. Thermography is a safe way to monitor for dental infection and can often detect the inflammation before the pain begins!
Stroke risk: Thermography offers an easy way to monitor the carotid arteries for inflammation and/or occlusion. Carotid artery disease is the leading cause of strokes in the United States. Early detection can save your life and prevent irreversible damage!
Thyroid: Struggling with your thyroid but getting ‘normal’ blood test results from your doctor? This is a very common issue today! The thyroid is a complicated organ and a TSH level alone can be unreliable. Thermography presents an easy way to detect thyroid dysfunction. Other factors can also mimic symptoms of thyroid dysfunction—so thermography can also be an easy way to eliminate thyroid dysfunction before more expensive tests are performed.
CDT scans are included in half and full body scans.
Preparing for your CDT scan
- For 24 hours prior to your scan – avoid heavy exercise, acupuncture, massage, sauna or steam rooms.
- For 2 hours prior to your scan – avoid exercise and hot or cold showering. Do not shave under your arms or use deodorant, skin creams or lotion in the areas to be imaged.
- MEN: to best view the dental and thyroid area, it is best if facial hair is removed. Avoid doing this just before your scan.
- Avoid sun exposure the day of the test. For best result, you should not have had a sun burn or have used a tanning booth within a week of your test.
- Please wear loose fitting clothing the day of your scan. Your scan will be delayed until irritation marks from tight fighting clothing have dissipated.
- No changes in diet or medication are necessary.
Note: you must wait 3 months major surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation before having a scan, and at least 1 month after a biopsy or minor surgery, such as mole removal, for results to be accurate.
What to Expect
You will be asked to disrobe all clothing down to your underwear and remove all jewelry. We will supply you with a lightweight cover to wear for privacy while you acclimate to the room’s temperature. Prior to your scan, we will review your intake form with you. Please be sure to inform us of any recent skin lesions that may affect the results. Thermal images of the full body will then be taken. Following your scan, we will review your images with you and answer any questions you may have. Your scans will be sent to a physician for interpretation. Reports are normally back within 48 hours and will be securely e-mailed to you (unless alternate method requested).
You are welcome to bring a companion or partner to be present during your examination and image review.