What is Digital Infrared Thermography Imaging, and how can it benefit me?
Simply put, Digital Infrared Thermography is a 15 minute painless and non invasive test of physiology. It is a valuable method available for visualizing pain and physiology. A special camera is used to provide instant thermal images or “thermograms” of the whole body or just areas being investigated. The digitized images are stored on a computer and sent electronically to a Medical Thermologist for interpretation and analysis.
This valuable procedure offers earlier detection of breast disease as an adjunct to self examination, doctor examination, and mammography alone. Digital Infrared Thermography detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. With this, your doctor can plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose or monitor you during and after treatment.
As an example . . . If you had a penny inserted into your breast, your body would react by sending white blood cells and histamine, causing an inflammatory reaction. A mammogram would JUST just see the penny; a thermogram would see the temperature of the penny and the reaction to the penny...not the penny. When cancer cells start to grow, these cells recruit a blood supply to feed them. This is called angiogenesis. Angiogenesis in breast tissue is thought to be a sign that breast cancer may follow. Thermography picks up a thermal pattern from that blood supply, often before a mammogram can detect the cells.
In addition to its benefits in early detection of breast disease, this clinical imaging procedure detects and monitors a number of diseases and physical injuries, by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body, including:
Back injuries Digestive Disorders
Arthritis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Headache Disc Disease
Nerve damage Inflammatory Pain
Unexplained Pain Skin Cancer
Fibromyalgia Referred Pain Syndrome
RSD (CRPS) Sprain/Strain
Dental and TMJ Whiplash
Artery Inflammation Stroke Screening