What can Thermography be used for?
There are 3 areas that Thermography is useful:
Inflammatory Phenomena- This could include cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Fibromyalgia or trauma such as strains, sprains or chronic pain.
Neovascular Phenomena – This development of vascularity is detected before anatomical changes occur that will be detected with other screening tools.
Neurological Phenomena – Chronic regional pain syndrome, nerve irritation can cause referred pain in other areas. Circulatory deficits are easily seen in thermographic images.
Is it a proven technology?
Thermography has been comprehensively researched for over 30 years. While it is not a replacement for Mammography and other imaging techniques, it has been shown to have a valuable role to play as a monitoring tool, neovascular (blood supply) patterns. Very safe for women with implants.
Is it safe?
While a variety of studies have called into question the safety of cumulative exposures to radiation, this is not the case with Thermography. Thermography emits nothing, it only takes an image. Nothing touches you and it is quick and painless. This all makes Thermography great for frequent screening with no chance of danger.
Who reads the images?
The images are sent via a secured server to Physicians Insight Clinical Interpretation where a professional group of physicians who are trained in the protocols of reading Thermal images interpret the images. A very formal interpretation is made and sent to us where we will review the results and make suggestions or referrals if necessary. You are given a copy of the report and frequently we send copies of the reports to physicians for their records.
What happens if I get an abnormal result? What do I do?
Thermography is not diagnostic but gives significant risk factors. This is great news because of the significant risk factors from the thermogram natural interventions such as herbs, supplements and lifestyle changes can influence the outcome. At the least, the condition can be closely monitored safely until conventional interventions need to be applied. It is important to recognize that taking action is the key to a good outcome. We will make recommendations or referrals as necessary. We do not diagnose or treat cancer.
Who can benefit from infrared imaging?
Anyone who is interested in proactively taking charge of their health and not focused exclusively on specific disease will benefit from Thermal Imaging. A thermal assessment combined with guidance from a trusted healthcare provider is an opportunity to achieve desired results of optimal health and longevity.
How deep can thermography see into my body?
The infrared camera images the skin surface (1/4 inch), which is a wealth of information reflecting internal metabolism and physiological changes. Thermography does not need to penetrate and invade the body to obtain unique and critical information regarding status of health.
What imaging results are considered to be?
There is an assumption that “early detection” is related to Thermography. Thermography is very sensitive but not specific. What that means, thermography gives you the opportunity to see changes in the body, that would not be visible to any other examination can be very apparent and indicate an opportunity to make changes for the purpose of optimizing and preserving health. We believe thermography see changes in the body that, if left unaddressed can lead to different life changing diseases.
I am a cancer survivor. Can infrared imaging help me monitor my breast?
Thermography can help you monitor the health of your breasts with a baseline documenting patterns at the time of the initial study and any subsequent significant changes.
If I have something suspicious looking, will the doctor at least say something?
Thermography does not see deep inside the body, as it is non-invasive. If our Interpreting Physicians see something that they would consider “thermographically significant” they will give you a strong and intentional encouragement to seek further clinical correlation and evaluation. Remember that “Thermographically Significant” does NOT necessarily mean concern for a specific disease, but an indication of an abnormal thermal pattern(s) that meet a certain clinically acceptable level of significance.
Does infrared imaging replace mammography?
Thermography is not the “other mammogram”, it is completely different. A procedure that can assess a global picture of the general health of the entire chest does not replace the gold standard procedure.
Can thermography help prevent breast disease?
Knowledge and professional guidance including; diet, exercise, supplementation, dry brushing, hormone balancing as well as lifestyle choices and changes are the useful ways to support breast and general health.
What are your interpreting physicians looking for?
A healthy body is expected to be thermally symmetrical. The Interpreting Physicians are looking for signs of significant asymmetry which can indicate valuable indications such as; natural healing signs of inflammation, blood profusion, lymphatic congestion, injury, hormonal imbalance and much more. After evaluating these areas they will assess their level of concern (low, moderate or high) as it relates to the thermal patterns. They will also recommend a follow up appointment for further evaluation, if necessary, or to establish a stable baseline.
What would you do if you were diagnosed with breast cancer?
This is a very personal question. Each case is individual and unique. I can tell you that I have educated myself so that I can prepare myself as much as possible in the unlikely event of a diagnosis. Without preparation I have witnessed how decisions can be extremely difficult and sometimes with regret for feeling rushed.
What is a baseline?
A baseline is two identical studies, taken at two different times to determine if patterns are stable or if there are any changes. Therefore, the follow-up appointment is the most valuable. If the patterns are stable and not significant, there will be a recommend annual follow-up or earlier if any concerns should arise in the meantime. If there is not stability, there may be recommendation for further clinical evaluation and another follow up in 3 – 6 months.
Does insurance pay for infrared imaging?
Not typically, but in this way, the value of thermography is not defined by an insurance company, but by what an individual is willing to pay for unique, valuable information regarding their health.