Learn About Thermography
What is thermography?
Thermography is a picture taken with a special infrared camera to capture the physiology or function of the body. The interpretation of these images by trained and certified Thermologists (Doctors) gives information about what is happening in the body. Thermography is different from screenings that we are accustomed to that look at anatomy or body parts. Looking at function gives us additional and often earlier signs of a problem.
How is thermography done?
There is no compression or radiation involved in thermal imaging.The patient is given time to relax and acclimate to a comfortable room temperature. A series of images are taken with the medical infrared camera. Depending on the area we are screening, different series of images will be taken. Because infrared is looking at skin temperature, the patient disrobes for the images. All considerations for modesty are taken.
About the Thermography Procedure
The patient comes in to the office and is given paperwork to fill out. This mainly consists of their personal health and family history. They are given a gown to put on and relax while acclimating to a cool but comfortable room . The Doctor or Technician will review the paperwork and take a more complete history. The patient will then sit or stand in front of the camera and a series of images are taken. After the patient leaves, the images and history are submitted to the Certified Medical Doctor Thermologists for interpretation. The patient then receives a copy of their interpretation report and images. In our office, all new patients are called to review the language of the report. We are always happy to answer any questions our patients have about the findings.
Thermography vs. Mammogram
Many patients have heard that a thermogram is better than a mammogram. Or they have been told that it is not as good. Neither is correct, as they are completely different tests. Apples to Oranges. Thermography is looking at function or physiology, whereas mammograms, MRI’s and sonograms are looking at form or anatomy. Different information is derived for different types of tests.
Benefits of Thermography
Digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) or thermography is a test of physiology. Looking at function, we can see patterns that may become a problem down the line. It is like looking at your blood sugar patterns before you are diagnosed as diabetic. With this information, our goal is to be a proactive health screening, helping our patients maintain or return to good health. Because there is no radiation or compression, thermography is safe for everyone. The screening can help people to monitor the effectiveness of their treatments.