What is Thermography and Its Benefits
Updated: Nov 9, 2022
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) or Thermography, is a no-contact, non-invasive diagnostic technique that allows a Thermography Board Certified Medical Doctor (or Doctor of Osteopathic medicine) to visualize and quantify changes in heat patterning in the body. An infrared scanning device is used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color on a monitor.
This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface allowing for the monitoring of “change over time” with frequent or annual screening.
Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries can be easily identified. This helps you to pinpoint potential issues or the development of conditions in order for you to be proactive when striving for a healthy balance in the body.
The early detection of inflammation gives you the opportunity to take preventative measures with lifestyle changes (not having to seek out a “treatment”) before the inflammation turns into disease. Measuring inflammation through thermal imaging when monitored over time can also be very effective at detecting the severity (or the decrease) of a medical condition.
What parts of the body can be scanned:
Thermal images can be taken of the whole body, a individual region or in multiple regions in conjunction from head to toe. Any part of the body can be scanned if required.
How Long has Thermography been around?
Medical thermography has been used extensively in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia for the past 20 years. Until now, cumbersome equipment has hampered its diagnostic and economic viability. Current state of the art PC based infrared technology designed specifically for clinical application has changed all this and has allowed Insight Holistic Imaging to provide this mobile system to more locations in the Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania areas for the convenience of our clients.
Benefits of Thermography:
Non-invasive and non-contact imaging
Define and monitor the extent of a lesion of which a diagnosis has previously been made.
Localize an abnormal area so further diagnostic tests can be performed.
Detect minute changes in heat patterning after a set baseline, allowing for detection of an early stage disease well in advance of other screenings.
Can be used to monitor the healing process of disease when holistic or integrative treatment protocols are being used.
Uses NO radiation
There is no contact with the body or painful compression.
Breast Thermography has been shown to identify changes in breast health earlier than mammography.
For additional information about Thermography, you can go to Thermology On-Line.