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Who can benefit from thermography?
Anyone interested in proactively taking charge of their health and not focused exclusively on specific disease diagnosis will benefit from Thermal Imaging. A thermal assessment combined with guidance from a trusted healthcare provider is an opportunity to achieve desired results of optimal health and longevity.
How deep can thermography see into the body?
The infrared camera images the skin surface (1/4 inch); the imaging provides information reflecting internal metabolism and physiological changes. Thermography does not need to penetrate and invade the body to obtain unique and critical information regarding status of health.
I am a cancer survivor. Can infrared imaging help me monitor my breasts?
Yes, Thermography with any other unspecified tests. That could be x-ray, mammogram, MRI, CT, etc. In fact, because the FDA identifies thermogram as an adjunct to mammogram, anyone who has ever had a mammogram should also have a thermogram. Thermography is not a stand-alone diagnostic tool. (Thank goodness… there should always be more than one test for any diagnosis).
Does Thermography “see” cancer? If I have something suspicious looking, will the doctors at least say something?
Thermography does not see deep inside the body, as it is non-invasive. If our Interpreting Physicians see something that they would consider “thermographically significant” they will give you strong encouragement to seek further clinical correlation and evaluation. Remember that “Thermographically Significant” does NOT necessarily mean concern for a specific disease, but can indicate an abnormal thermal pattern(s) that meet a certain clinically acceptable level of significance. Imaging of the breast is not intended as a cancer detection test, as it does not suggest, confirm or rule out the possibility that cancer exists in the breast or any other area of the body. Only a biopsy can do that.
Does infrared imaging replace mammography?
No. Thermography’s intended use as an adjunct to other clinical diagnostic procedures for quantifying and screening of temperature differences in the skin surface.
What is being looked for?
A healthy body is expected to be thermally symmetrical. We are looking for signs of significant asymmetry which can show valuable indications such as; natural healing signs of inflammation, blood profusion, lymphatic congestion, lymph node activity, injury, hormonal imbalance, estrogen dominance and much more.
What is a baseline?
A baseline is two identical studies, taken at two different times to find if patterns are stable or if there are any changes. Therefore, the follow-up appointment is the most valuable. If the patterns are stable and not significant, there will be a recommend annual follow-up or earlier if any concerns should arise in the meantime. If there is not stability, there may be recommendation for further clinical evaluation and another follow-up in 3 – 6 months.We believe every person deserves to know the status of their health, advanced symptoms need advanced disease management. Thermography provides a very sensitive look at the most clinically recognized indicator of potential health problems – inflammation. In other words, thermography can see what the body is doing in an attempt to heal itself. Sometimes it needs help.
Why should I have full body or health screening thermography?
The highest use of thermography is to thermally monitor dynamic changes in general health. We recommend you choose to have a thermal examination to include multiple areas of your body for your first exam, which offers you the greatest benefit of thermography. If you choose only a breast exam for your initial thermal exam, it will provide limited information regarding your general health. This is a non-contact, non-invasive procedure which captures and records temperature variations on the skin. The skin is the body’s most intelligent organ and is “wired” with a communication network connecting all other organs and physiological processes in the body. The skin responds to physiological changes and a thermography device observes those changes. Assessments of these changes are reported by medical professionals trained to correlate thermal findings with a person’s health history and concerns.Breast Thermography, or Digital Infra-Red Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a 30 minute non-invasive test of physiology. It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor or health provider to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease, such as an infection, congestion, vascular irregularities, fibrocystic disease and cancer. Our quiet, private office will provide a supportive, non-threatening environment.
How does it work?
Thermography is a physiological assessment. Clinical Thermography is a simple test of physiology that relies on the sympathetic nerve control of skin blood flow and the ability of the sympathetic nervous system to respond to and react to pain, pathology, injury or dysfunction anywhere in the body. While other diagnostics such as ultrasound, radiography, MRI, and mammography show the body’s structure or anatomy, DITI is unique in that it shows physiologic and metabolic processes. Learn more about how it measures.