Once the patient removes their top, allow three to five minutes for the patient’s skin to acclimate to the exam area’s ambient temperature. The patient should not be near any environmental elements that might artificially cool or warm their skin i.e. direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, open windows or doors.
NOTE: When performing a Segmental Thermal Scan, the thermal scanner should be positioned so that the sensors are parallel to the patient’s back without touching the patient’s skin. If the thermal sensors are placed directly against the patient’s skin it can affect the reliability of the readings by increasing the ambient temperature of the thermal scanner.