Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is thermography?
Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITTI) is a completely non-invasive clinical imaging procedure detecting and monitoring a number of concerns, from physical injuries to diseases, by illustrating the thermal abnormalities present in the patient's body. It is risk free and provides instant images.
The practice of thermography is grounded in preventative care and the premise that, if you are able to find problems before the body's functions are impaired, health issues are more treatable and generally heal more quickly due to early detection. Many problems are present in the body long before there is an obvious, physical manifestation. When abnormalities like cancer begin, they create and draw from their own blood supply within the body to allow for faster growth. By creating a baseline of your body's own heat patterns, minor changes are able to be detected earlier with annual thermography. Thermography is a visual representation of what is happening in the body on the cellular level, and creates a color map of the body for functional comparison. Inflammation begins at the cellular level, and is indicative of an error in metabolism and growth. Mutated cells, like cancer, show in these thermograms and create a picture to pinpoint areas where a breakdown has begun, before any structural defect is observed. The heat patterns viewed in a thermography scan indicate abnormalities that may be indicative of the presence of serious diseases including cancer, fibrocystic problems, infections and a host of other health concerns.
While thermography does not diagnose these health issues, it can aid in early detection and create a clear map of the affected areas to allow for focused attention to the regions of concern. Increases in blood supply based on the color representations in a thermogram show where there is abnormal activity, whereas more common diagnostic methods are able detect existing structures such as an organ, tumor, fracture or blockage. Thermography does not show the actual structure, but instead shows the activities within the body that either precede or coincide with tumors and other diseases. Though thermography does not replace more invasive procedures or other diagnostic tests, it is a safe, pain free, radiation free approach that is both less expensive than and complementary to these other methods of examination.
How is it different from other methods of diagnostic assessment?
DITI is the only method of diagnostic assessment available that will actually visualize pain and pathology and can analyze both, anywhere on the body . It can also be used in conjunction with and is an excellent addition to other standard diagnostic procedures. While X-Rays, CT Scans, Ultrasounds and MRIs are tests that measure the body structures, DITI is uniquely capable of illustrating the physiological changes and metabolic processes within the body. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging is a non-invasive screening technique that offers clinically relevant information without side effects.
For what is DITI used?
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging assists in the prognosis, diagnosis and monitoring of a myriad of different conditions, injuries and diseases like:
- Breast Disease
- Skin Cancer
- Vascular Disease
- Stroke Screening
- Disc Disease
- Back Injuries
- RSD (CRPS)
- Digestive Disorders
- Nerve Damage
- Inflammatory Pain
- Unexplained Pain
- Sprain | Strain
- Dental and TMJ
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Referred Pain Syndrome
- Artery Inflammation
What is the procedure like?
DITI is not like other diagnostic tests, because it is not invasive. The test starts with an overview of your medical history prior to partially disrobing so that the scanning can be performed.
How long does the procedure take?
A standard region of interest scan takes approximately 30 minutes, while a full body scan can take up to 1 hour.
How are the scans used?
The images (thermograms) are stored and sent electronically to a Thermologist, who is a medical doctor certified to interpret and write reports. Reports are printed and sent to you directly, and can also be forwarded to your healthcare professional, at your request.
How soon will the report be available?
Reports are prepared and sent within a few business days. You will receive your results within about 1 week from the date of your appointment.
Are Thermograms covered by insurance?
Thermograms are not often covered by insurance however, you may want to contact your insurance company to determine their reimbursement policy & procedure for Thermograms.
Who reads the images and reports?
Thermal images are sent to an interpretation service that employs only Medical Doctors (MD) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) who are all board certified as Thermologists by the American College of Clinical Thermology.
Who certifies your Thermographers?
Thermoagraphy technicians are trained and certified by the American College of Clinical Thermology. The American College of Clinical Thermology is an accredited medical association.
Why do I need to come back in three months for another breast thermoscan?
The most accurate result we can produce is change over time. Before we can start to evaluate any changes, we need to establish an accurate and stable baseline for you. This baseline represents your unique thermal fingerprint, which will only be altered by developing pathology. A baseline cannot be established with only one study, as we would have no way of knowing if this is your normal pattern, or if it is actually changing at the time of your first exam. By comparing two studies three months apart, we are able to judge if your breast physiology is stable and suitable to be used as your normal baseline for continued annual screening.
How do I prepare for my DITI scan?
Preparing for your scan is simple, but crucial for accurate results. Do not have any physical therapy, electromyography, or chiropractic work the same day as your thermography appointment. Do not smoke or participate in vigorous exercise 2 hours before the test. Do not use any lotions, liniments or creams, or shave the day of your scan. Avoid strong sunlight exposure the day of your appointment.
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