Exergen Temporal Scanner Review And Giveaway

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Taking my nine year old CJ’s temperature is a pain in the butt. He doesn’t like having his temperature taken. It’s impossible to take it orally because he just can’t keep it under his tongue correctly for the right amount of time. We have an ear thermometer but he doesn’t like people messing with his ears so it never goes well. Plus, ear thermometers aren’t always accurate in children with small ear canals, which many children with Down Syndrome including CJ have. Then there’s my nails. They always seem to get in the way on the thermometer we have, causing an error. Like I said, a real pain in the butt. Now you know why I was really excited to review an Exergen Temporal Scanner.

From the website – “The creator of the first temporal artery thermometer, the Temporal ScannerTM, the most efficacious, non-invasive thermometer ever created. Exergen holds over 100 U.S. and foreign patents, and is the only manufacturer of retail medical thermometers in the U.S. Presently, 30% of hospitals and pediatricians currently use the Exergen Temporal Scanner, and well over 1 million consumers use one at home. … The Temporal Scanner Thermometer is a totally non-invasive system with advanced infrared technology providing maximum ease of use with quick, consistently accurate measurements. Advanced, patented technology measures temperatures with a gentle stroke across the forehead. The Temporal Scanner Thermometer has been clinically tested for accuracy compared to rectal thermometers and temperature sensors inserted in the heart during course of patient treatment and accepted for use in major hospitals, making it the ideal thermometer for use with newborns, infants, children or adults.

Let me translate. The Exergen Temporal Scanner is an infrared thermometer that you use on the forehead, over the temporal artery. The temporal artery in your head is connected directly to your heart via the carotid artery. Arterial temperatures are considered more accurate than ones taken by ear or under the arm because it is based on the blood flowing from the heart. It works by taking approximately 1,000 readings per second and then selecting the most accurate.  This thermometer makes monitoring a fever easier because it will register body temperature changes more quickly than a regular thermometer.

The thermometer operates on a single 9 volt battery. The thermometer turns itself off after 30 seconds to preserve battery life. Then replace the cap to protect the sensor.There’s a low battery indicator that will tell you when it’s time to replace the battery with a new one.

The Exergen Temporal Scanner is really easy to use. You just remove the cap, place the scanner on the middle of the forehead and slide the scanner across to the hairline while holding the button. When you reach the hairline you release the button and remove the scanner and then read the temperature. It only takes a couple of seconds to read the temperature. The Exergen is perfect for all family members, not just children. Children will love it because it’s completely non-invasive.

This thermometer is awesome. The display is easy to read. It’s so easy to use. I even tested it a number of times on several of us and the results were never widely different, like the times I’ve used our ear thermometer. I had this review scheduled for next week. Two days after it arrived my youngest son CJ was telling us his head hurt. When I went to stroke his forehead he felt like he was on fire. I grabbed the Exergen and a pair of scissors and cut open the package. I put in the battery and turned it on and took his temp. When it read almost 102 habit kicked in and I thought I might have gotten a bad reading so I took it three more times. The temp remained the same. We called the doctor, who had us bring him right in. Ten minutes later we were in the office and their reading was only a tenth of a degree difference (and that could have been the temp changing during that time). I totally love this thermometer and doubt I’ll ever have a need to use that old ear thermometer again.

The Exergen Temporal Scanner retails for about $30.00. There is a $5.00 mail-in-rebate available to print on the Exergen website. It is available to purchase nationwide at retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Costco, Babies R Us, Toys R Us and Sam’s Club. It is also available at Amazon.com. The thermometer has a three year warranty. The package includes the thermometer, a 9-volt battery, the protective cap, a users manual and a quick-start guide.

Thanks to Exergen, for allowing me to review your terrific product.


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melanie June 29, 2009 - 4:13 pm

we use the under the arm method but that doesn’t work for my son. somehow it doesn’t measure accurately. even the ear thermometer (they used at the hospital) does not show him having a temp. even when he clearly does (mama’s lips don’t lie). i’m hoping this might actually work for him…

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pat. June 30, 2009 - 8:05 am

How about accuracy? I was suspicious of the ear ones for years until hospitals and doctors began using them.

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Karen June 30, 2009 - 12:17 pm

The truth of the matter is that I don’t even take my kids’ temperatures anymore because it’s such a pain! I would love to win one of these.

Marci July 1, 2009 - 10:37 am

I use a digital therm and it’s very invasive. I would enjoy the non-invasiveness of the Exergen.

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cindy July 1, 2009 - 12:26 pm

i take her temperature through her ear

Vicki Wurgler July 1, 2009 - 9:45 pm

i take the temperature through the ear and I like this one most because it’s non-invasive.

wendy wallach July 1, 2009 - 11:41 pm

I currently use a small digital thermometer and I wouldlove to win this because my daughter recently had the flu and I was never quite sure if the reading I got was accurate enough. I want to be sure next time and prepared.

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Madeline July 1, 2009 - 11:48 pm

Currently I take my child’s temp under the arm. He’s pretty patient, but he obviously hates it. I would love a less invasive way of taking his temp. He would love it too!

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Shellie July 2, 2009 - 1:18 am

I currently take my 23-month-old girl’s temp under her arm (digitally). She is so squirmy, I take it at least 2-3 times to compare readings in case it slipped out. It is NO fun wrestling a sick and uncomfortable toddler, trying to get the necessary info to decide whether or not to take her to the ER. I’d love to use the Exergen instead, and throw out the old thermometer!

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1955nurse July 2, 2009 - 9:40 am

II’d love this because right now we are using a digital thermometer under the arm for my Grandson and it’s hard to keep him still long enough to get an accurate temp! These temporal thermometers are GREAT!

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Sarah Mines July 2, 2009 - 11:55 am

I currently take my toddlers temp rectally. It is very uncomfortable but the most accurate way I have

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sandra July 2, 2009 - 3:11 pm

we currently use an ear thermometer but it is unreliable and inconsistent, so i’d like to try this one out

Lorie Shewbridge July 3, 2009 - 12:08 am

I currently only have an old fashioned oral mercury (yes, mercury, oooohhhh nnnnooooo!!!) thermometer. As a nurse, I know that they are the most accurate, but they really are very dangerous to have around the house. The temporal scanners are very accurate, and I would really LOVE to have one of those!

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amy July 3, 2009 - 9:25 am

We currently use an oral thermometer but it is so unreliable and SLOW! This would be great to have b/c it is accurate, easy to use, and noninvasive. It sounds like a great product! Thanks for the chance!

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Ivy July 5, 2009 - 12:28 am

I actually already have one of these and LOVE IT. Our little one likes take it from us to take her own temperature. I would love to win this for one of my best friends who is expecting a child this winter.


Jennifer McCullar July 5, 2009 - 1:09 am

My children are so young I have a ear thermometer and pacifier thermometer I could saved my money on that one, because they can’t stand the pacifier. The ear on doesn’t do a great job, back to old time way. I love to win this! thanks for the chance.

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brian July 5, 2009 - 9:42 am

The old-fashioned back of the hand is used in our family. This would make things easier for us.

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adrian July 5, 2009 - 1:55 pm

I currently take my child’s temperature with a digital thermometer by mouth, but it is so hard to them to sit still, this one would be much better. They also bite down too hard and do not really seem to understand to keep their mouth closed and not to talk–they are only 2 and 4.

Lisa July 5, 2009 - 2:58 pm

I currently use an oral digital thermometer.

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heather July 5, 2009 - 5:02 pm

We don’t actually don’t currently have one, we just feel the forehead. This would be great to have!

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Stacey July 5, 2009 - 8:57 pm

Right now I take my girls’ temp with an ear thermometer. I would love the temporal scanner because typically, when I need to take my girls’ temps, they are complaining about sore ears!

dreamer July 5, 2009 - 10:36 pm

ugh…rectally and we both hate it – I’d love to have an easy and quick way to do it like this!

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Megret July 5, 2009 - 10:58 pm

I currently use a digital thermometer and take it under their arm, then add a degree—takes a long time and not exactly exact. I’d love to win!
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