About Thermography

Thermography

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)

Thermography is a clinical imaging technique that records the thermal patterns of your body allowing us to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature detecting abnormal areas that could be problematic. The spectrum of color indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared heat being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetry can be easily identified and certain patterns are problem area indicators.

Thermography’s major clinical value is in its high sensitivity to pathology, disease, in the vascular, muscular, neural and skeletal systems and as such can contribute to the greater understanding of a diagnosis and treatment plan made by the clinician. 

Purpose of Thermography Testing

  • As part of an early detection program for breast disease, thermography can detect early abnormal changes in breast tissue. Cancer cells need to divide for 8 years for the pathology to be large enough for a mammogram to pick up.
  • Help in determining cause of unexplained pain.
  • To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition.
  • For the early detection of injury or disease.
  • To provide objective evidence of pain and dysfunction.
  • Monitoring the progress of healing and rehabilitation.

The Procedure

  • Non-invasive
  • No radiation used
  • Completely painless  

You will be given a gown to change into, and we will allow time for your body to cool to the temperature of the room. You will also be asked to remove jewelry and, for any upper body scans, clip your hair up. When your body has acclimated to the room temperature, you will be asked to drop the gown for the pictures and the thermographer will keep her back to you as much as possible for privacy. For half and full body scans, thong underwear is appropriate. 

Reports

  • Images are sent to medical doctors that are specially trained to read thermography.
  • Results are usually returned within a couple days.  
  • You will receive 2 copies of the report, one for yourself and one for your healthcare practitioner. The report can be mailed directly to your doctor if you prefer.

Risks or Side Effects

None at all. The procedure is completely non-invasive and does not involve any radiation.

How Long Does an Appointment Take?

Plan on 30 minutes for most scans and up to an hour for a full body scan.

Patient Preparation Prior to Your Appointment

  • Do not have physical therapy, massage or chiropractic adjustment on the day of the test prior to appointment.
  • Do not smoke 2 hours before the test.
  • Do not use deodorant, lotions, liniments or oils on the day of the test prior to appointment.
  • Stay out of strong sunlight on the day of the test and avoid sunburn in the days prior to appointment.
  • No vigorous exercise 2 hours prior to appointment.