Certification Process of a Breast Thermographer

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Many times when we find ourselves in the office of a new doctor, the chair of a new barber, or at the table of a new restaurant, it is because someone told us about this place.

Word of mouth is certainly the way many of us make changes to our current rituals or add something new into our lives.

But no one worth being name dropped from friend to friend arrived at their level of expertise by being mediocre.

They’ve invested time and usually money to get where they are, and their training is rarely minimal.

This is true in traditional job settings as well as entrepreneurial enterprises.

The best at what they do are more than competent because they are personally invested; they want to be the best because they love what they are doing!

Many times we as consumers are not aware of the extensive training some of our service providers have gone through to offer the quality of care/service they offer.

As you’ve arrived on this blog today, the chances are that you have started to research into what Thermography is, and how it can help you.

In this post, we’ll give you a detailed summary of the advantages of Thermography scanning to help you decide whether or not it’s the right solution for you.

Thermographers are no exception.

medical thermographer with a patient

Certified Tulsa Thermographers

The certified thermographers (CT) at Insight Thermography Oklahoma are professional and knowledgeable, and have undergone extensive training to be able to offer the best thermography experience possible.

Today, we are going to look at the training and certification process a thermographer goes through to become a breast (and body) thermographer.

All certified thermographers undergo some form of training.

But, interesting to note, there are several different companies that manufacture thermography cameras, and each of these companies has their own training and certification organization and process.

These organizations typically offer annual conferences and training for their thermographers, but the certification process can vary from camera brand to camera brand, since a different organization is connected to each camera brand.

 
 

Thermographer Certification Methods

Unsurprisingly, everyone has a little bit of a different way they prefer to do training.

For example, some camera companies offer online training for thermographer certification. Other thermography camera companies go a different route and send the purchased thermography camera pre-loaded with a hard drive full of training information to be read and training videos to be watched.

Some companies send a trainer to the thermographer, to train them one on one for a few days. MedHot, the camera company Insight Thermography of Oklahoma uses, offers and requires a multiple day training conference for their thermographer certification.

This training conference culminates with an exam. Passing the exam is a requirement to receive the certification/designation of CT, or Certified Thermographer.

Both of the thermographers at Insight hold this certification.

Most certification programs are multi-tiered, meaning with experience and continuing education/training, your certificate level will advance.

These certificate “levels” can vary in title from organization to organization, but the concept is about the same.

Due to each brand of thermography camera having their own certifying process and organization, there is not a nationwide governing board who sets up one standard of certification process for all thermographers.

The camera and therefore organization that each thermographer chooses to affiliate with is a personal choice/preference.

Insight has chosen the camera they feel offers the best quality images while simultaneously offering the most thorough training and certification process for its thermographers.

The training the thermographers at Insight have gone through has extensively prepared them for accurate focus and color adjustment of images, as well as framing.

All of these concepts are important in ensuring they get good quality images for your breast or body scan every single time.

Aside from the technical process of certification for a breast or body thermographer (i.e. choosing a camera and completing certification requirements), it is paramount to understand one thing.

Thermographers Need Doctors.

Certification is certainly an important step in becoming a breast thermographer/body thermographer, but it is critical that once certified, the thermographer associates himself or herself with a board of physicians who perform the thermogram interpretation.

These doctors are known as thermologists, and they are trained and board certified to interpret thermograms.

This distinction is worth noting because for an accurate breast or body thermogram report, both the thermographer and a thermologist are necessary.

A certified thermographer is just that– a certified thermographer, trained to be able to capture the best quality thermal images possible. Holding a certification as a thermographer does not involve or qualify a thermographer reading or interpreting the images taken.

This is done, this must be done, by a board of physicians.

Any credible thermographer should be associated with a group of doctors who interpret their images.

If a thermographer’s training isn’t excellent and effective, the quality of the technology won’t matter. However, the combination of good technology and effective training yields a report for the patient/client that is of value.

Again, no breast thermogram or body thermogram can include this valuable report without a partnership between the proficiently trained thermographer and the board of physicians.

All of these components are significant– but all of it begins with knowing excellent imaging technique. This requires outstanding training. The Certified Thermographers at Insight receive such training.

 

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amanda russell tulsa oklahoma certified thermographer

Insight Thermography’s Oklahoma Thermographers

The Certified Thermographers at Insight Thermography have been capturing thermal breast and body images for over a year now.

Before either of them were able to offer thermography as a service, they traveled for a four day extensive training.

This training taught them how to properly use their thermography camera– from software and features to remote camera movement and directing the patient’s movement to practicing focus and zoom– and each trainee is responsible for at least one completed full body study.

Not only are the trainees learning from experienced thermographers, but they are training and learning on real live clients.

The training also covered in depth information on why thermography works, gave practical advice on how to talk to clients and how to gather background/case history relevant to their imaging, as well as less technological concepts like setting the office up to ensure privacy for patients, which is indispensable

After training was complete, the final steps before becoming certified involved Insight’s thermographers taking a written test as well as performing a complete full body scan with no assistance from the trainer. Each trainee was also assigned a number of studies to submit after returning home.

Every single appointment for a breast scan or body scan adds to a thermographer’s experience. Coupled with continuing training opportunities made available on a regular basis, a thermographer fully invested in his or her practice will not only begin as fully capable, but will continue to grow in capabilities over time.

Have you had a thermogram? Did you know the process thermographers went through to receive their certification(s)? If you have questions or would like to schedule a breast thermogram or body thermogram, contact Erin or Mandi with Insight Thermography of Oklahoma today.

Learn More about Thermography

Regardless of your age or current health condition, and whether you are trying to achieve optimal health or get answers about areas of pain in your body, Thermography can help.

It can give you the information you need to make informed decisions about your well-being.

The process is simple, affordable, and easy to arrange. Through our range of thermograms, we can help you detect underlying health issues in a safe, private, and comfortable environment.

If you’d like to learn more about Thermography, including the history, where it is used, and what to expect when you book a Thermography scan in Oklahoma, then follow this link to our Thermography 101 guide.

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