With the new ultra-sensitive, high resolution digital infrared cameras available today, a technology that has been developing over the past 20 years is creating renewed interest.
Thermography as a physiologic test, demonstrates heat patterns that are strongly indicative of breast abnormality, the test can detect subtle changes in breast temperature that indicate a variety of breast diseases and abnormalities and once abnormal heat patterns are detected in the breast, follow-up procedures including mammography are necessary.
It is in this role that thermography provides its most practical benefit to the general public and to the medical profession. It is certainly an adjunct to the appropriate usage of mammography and not a competitor. In fact, thermography as a complement may increase the effective usage of mammographic imaging procedures.
Thermography, with its non-radiation, non-contact and low-cost basis may be a valuable as a marker of breast pathology, and accompanying case management tool for the ongoing monitoring and treatment of breast disease when used under carefully controlled clinical protocols.
Hip Replacement Study
This elderly lady had undergone a left hip replacement surgery 3 months previously and her continued leg pain raised a suspicion for DVT. The thermographic findings were not consistent with DVT, but showed a focal area of inflammation that guided a sonographer to a deep abscess near the bone. This was lanced and successfully treated with antibiotics.
Plantar Feet Study
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) right foot, significant increase in sympathetic motor tone fight foot 3.7 degrees celsius than the left for. A cold stress test was positive, (no sympathetic change). CRPS developed in the right foot after a fractured heel bone 18 months previously. Weight bearing was painful. The diagnosis of CPRS was missed initially since nuclear imaging was not typical of CRPS. Some cases of CPRS are misdiagnosed as physiological or hysterical pain states. Thermography is able to show characteristic changes if utilized.
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