When asked if I would be interested in reviewing the TemporalScanner by Exergen I jumped at the chance. You may remember from an earlier post that my family is prone to ear infections and other illnesses. It seems as if we are always on the hunt for the thermometer. The problem with the other thermometers is that they only work for a month or two and then somehow mysteriously give us an error code or don't turn on at all.
I received the TemporalScanner about two weeks ago and I have been dying to test it, but (of course) no one has been sick in my house. I did get to test it on normal temperatures and it worked great. However, last week my niece wasn't feeling well and I jumped at the chance to see if the thermometer would measure a fever.
Well, much to our dismay my niece was dead. We took her temperature 5 times - three times across the forehead and twice behind her ear and her temperature never went above 96.5. We were shocked! What was wrong with her? Well, it wasn't her after all. It was us! We forgot to take off the clear plastic cover from the top of the scanner. Needless to say, it was comical. My first recommendation: Take the top off when using!
She did have a slight fever of 99.9 according to the scanner. It took us 3 seconds to measure it. We then tried the ear thermometer and after 30 seconds it gave us a reading of 98.9. The oral thermometer took 4 minutes and read 99.7. I believe the most accurate was the temporal thermometer.
How does it work? The Exergen TemporalScanner gauges body temperature in two seconds by capturing the naturally emitted heat from skin over the temporal artery, which runs across the forehead and is directly connected to the heart via the carotid artery. They have done clinical studies showing the effectiveness of the TemporalScanner and there are hospitals all over that are already using this more accurate and less invasive method (Albany Medical Center, University of California Medical Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and many more).
I wish I had this when my children were babies. Can you imagine how much easier it would have been to take a sleeping babies temperature by gently sliding the thermometer across the forehead instead of sticking it in their "bum"? I would have killed for this (well, not really killed, but you know what I mean).
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Disclosure: This review was possible thanks to Momfuse and Exergen. I was given a TemporalScanner for review, but received no monetary compensation for this post.