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.
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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 use skin creams or lotion in the areas to be imaged. 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 fitting clothing have dissipated.
- No changes in diet or medication are necessary
Note: You must wait at least 1 month after a biopsy or minor surgery, such as mole removal, for results to be accurate.
What to Expect
Your appointment will last approximately 30 minutes. You will be asked to remove all upper body clothing and 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 your results. Thermal images of the head and neck 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.