Thermography, or medical infrared imaging is a painless imaging procedure that uses no radiation, injections, or other invasive methods. Instead, it uses advanced medical infrared cameras and computer systems to image your body’s surface temperature patterns.
These patterns of heat are altered when biochemical messages from within the body change the amount of heat given off at the surface of the skin. The test is painless, economical, and is FDA approved as an adjunctive imaging procedure.
WHY USE THERMOGRAPHY?
The technology may provide both an early warning system and a method of analysis that may get to the cause of a problem that is not responding to treatment.
Unlike other forms of imaging that detect structural changes such as a tumor or a broken bone, infrared imaging looks at the body’s subtle chemical and nervous system signals. These biochemical signals may aid in finding the cause of a current problem, or one in advance of changes that can be seen on other tests.
If the signals are an early warning, your doctor may be able to outline a method for preventing future problems before they cause irreversible damage.
Some of the conditions that may have associated infrared thermal markers are:
Soft Tissue Injuries
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Chronic Pain Conditions
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR THERMOGRAPHY PROCEDURE
• After completing a health history form, you will be taken to a special temperature controlled imaging room.
• Prior to the procedure, you will be given a patient preparation form to follow.
• You will be asked to wear a gown and wait for a brief period while your body acclimates to the temperature of the room.
• The gown will be removed to expose the skin as multiple images are taken of the surface of the body.
• The whole procedure takes about one hour to an hour and a half.
• You will be mailed a written report with copies sent to your health care provider at your request.
WHAT MAKES INFRARED IMAGING DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TESTS?
The greatest difference lies in the type of information you get. For example, CT, MRI, and EBT look into the body for structural changes such as tumors. If no tumor is found, does this mean you’re in good health?
The majority of health problems that affect us do not come in the form of tumors. Many of the health problems that slowly evolve and rob you of your quality of life may not be detected by other imaging procedures. Infrared imaging provides a different way of examining the body.
By imaging physiology rather than structure, infrared imaging is unique in that it looks at how the body is functioning. Infrared imaging is an additional procedure that your doctor may use along with other tests to evaluate your health. Thermographs taken in our clinic are read by Dr. Amalu, and can assist us and your other providers with a diagnosis.