What is Thermography

Medical thermography, also known as thermal imaging, is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses infrared cameras to detect and measure the heat radiating from the surface of the body. This technology relies on the principle that different tissues in the body have different levels of heat emission, which can indicate underlying physiological processes or abnormalities.

Here's how it works

  • Heat Detection: Infrared cameras detect infrared radiation emitted by the body’s surface. Warmer areas emit more radiation than cooler areas, so areas with increased blood flow or inflammation will appear warmer on the thermal image.
  • Image Formation: The detected heat patterns are then translated into a visual image called a thermogram.
  • Analysis: A trained doctor, known as a thermologist interprets the thermogram, looking for patterns of heat distribution that may indicate underlying health conditions or abnormalities. This analysis can provide valuable insights into conditions affecting circulation, inflammation, nerve function, and more.

Medical thermography is beneficial for several reasons:

  • Early Detection: Thermography can detect physiological changes in the body before they become symptomatic or are detectable by other imaging modalities, potentially allowing for earlier detection of certain conditions.
  • Non-invasive: Unlike some other imaging techniques such as X-rays or MRI, thermography does not involve exposure to radiation or require the use of contrast agents, making it a safe and non-invasive option for patients.
  • Monitoring: Thermography can be used to monitor the progression of certain conditions over time, providing valuable information for treatment planning and assessing the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Risk Assessment: It can help assess the risk of certain conditions, such as breast cancer, by detecting changes in blood flow and temperature patterns that may indicate abnormal tissue growth or angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels).
  • Pain Management: Thermography can also be used to evaluate pain conditions by identifying areas of inflammation or abnormal nerve function, helping healthcare providers develop targeted treatment plans.

While medical thermography has many potential benefits, it’s important to note that it is not a standalone diagnostic tool and should be used in conjunction with other clinical assessments for comprehensive patient care. Additionally, interpretation of thermographic images requires specialized training and expertise to ensure accurate analysis and diagnosis. This is why we use world renowned Thermologist Dr. Robert Kane to interpret all our images. He is well known in the thermography space, and has experience of over 35 years interpreting reports for people all over the world.

What to expect the day of your scan

  • Step 1: A technician will go over your health history
  • Step 2: You will acclimate in a cool room for 10 minutes to allow your body time to cool down
  • Step 3:The technician will take pictures of your body or breast, which takes about 10 minutes.
  • Step 4: You will get dressed, and the technician will send in your report to your doctor.

This procedure is safe, comfortable and easy. You will receive your results in a week and the technician will go over them with you.

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