What is Thermography?
FULL OR PARTIAL BODY THERMOGRAPHY – Thermography is a simple test of physiology that relies on the sympathetic nerve control of skin blood flow and the ability of the sympathetic nervous system to respond to and react to pain, pathology, injury or dysfunction anywhere in the body. Other imaging tests such as ultrasound, x-ray and mammography show the body’s structure or anatomy looking for structural changes. Just as thermography, these other imaging tests are non-diagnostic as they also require corroboration of findings which identify possible abnormalities. The unique contribution of thermography is that it shows physiological and metabolic processes… that is, thermography looks at how the body is functioning and helps to identify what is stressing the body. As physiological changes always precede anatomical changes, thermography provides an early warning system for changes in the functioning of the body’s organs and systems.
As part of a regular health assessment, thermography is an additional procedure that your health practitioner may use along with other tests to evaluate your health and to monitor progress with treatment.
By using the most advanced infra-red cameras and our patented image capture and analytical software, TMC staff can accurately measure the temperature at every single point of the human body. The role of body temperature as a very good indicator of health and wellness has been known since the time of Hippocrates, as changes of just a few degrees on skin (cutaneous or superficial) can be used as an indicator of inflammation and possible illness.
By accurately measuring temperature regions and identifying thermographic patterns, thermography detects inflammation, often long before symptoms may be felt or eventually diagnosed with an actual disease.
By producing a thermal map of the body, thermography allows you to visualize your health and encourages a more proactive approach to health and wellness.
At TMC, we call thermography a “Health Discovery Tool” and we consider it to be a very important part of a preventive wellness program.
Thermography services are provided by Thermography Medical Clinic at Bie Alive
Breast thermography is a screening tool that helps to identify early indicators of potential breast abnormalities. Thermography is a safe, non-contact, non-invasive test that does not damage cells or DNA, and takes less than 30 minutes. Thermography can aid in the detection of the following potential conditions:
- Breast Cysts
- Lymphatic Congestion
- Estrogen Dominance
- Generalized Inflammation
- Fibrocystic Breasts
- Hormone Imbalances
Women's or Men's Health Screenings ($285)
The Women’s/Men's Health Screening captures the possible functional changes with the following views:
- Head & Neck
- Upper Back
- Lower Back
Full Body Screenings
The results of the Full Body Screening can help in the prevention of disease by monitoring the following:
- Breast Health
- Cardiovascular Health
- Muscular Skeletal Disorders
- Sinus and Allergies
- Thyroid Health
- Digestive Disorders
- Visceral Health
- Dental Pathologies
- Nerve Damage
What Can Infrared Imaging See?
Medical Infrared Imaging is technology that detects energy in the form of minute changes in temperature to tenths of a degree Celsius. The blood is a supply line, transporting everything that the body needs to function efficiently. It is in constant metabolic movement, warming, oxygenating, carrying nutrients to every organ, removing waste, protecting and healing. When the body needs healing, it summons blood to the site, thus creating heat.
Sometimes, if a specific organ is in distress, even mild distress, blood will be automatically re-directed from the surface to supply extra nutrient to the organ. This can create cool area on the skin. Because there is a map of the area of the skin that is directly related to each specific organ, it is possible, due to a cooler area on the skin, to identify a potential problem. Thermography is not diagnostic for any specific disease, but it can alert the thermal observer to investigate further.
So patterns, whether they represent expected, warmer or cooler temperatures are valuable information to anyone who is knowledgeable about thermal physiology.
Thermography has great potential in sports medicine to prevent serious injury. Blood profusion, which is a functional response, even to minor injury can alert the athlete, trainer or physician to a potential major problem if it is not addressed before the injury becomes a major issue.
The skin not only protects us from the outside world, but it is a functioning endocrine organ on its own! It produces all hormones and communicates with all organs and biologic processes in the body. How perfect that we are observing the skin and its response to hormonal and other endocrine processes. It is the body’s ultimate communication with the outside world, all there for us to observe with our infrared camera!
Preparing for your Imaging Appointment
- No chemotherapy or radiation treatments 3 months prior to your imaging.
- No breast biopsy for one month prior.
- Lactation: Imaging is recommended if there is a problem or concern. However, a baseline is not recommended for at least 3 months after the last active breastfeeding.
- Avoid exercise or heavy physical activity.
- No massage or lymph treatments.
- No chiropractic adjustments.
- No saunas, steam baths or hot tubs.
- No hot or cold packs.
- Avoid heavy make up. Oil based products on the body will affect accurate detection by the camera.
- No hot shower within 4 hours of imaging.
- Avoid deodorant or creams on the skin, especially oils.
- No heat lamps or sunburn – you will have to reschedule
- Do not shave area to be imaged.
- For head imaging, do not eat for at least 2 hours prior.
- No gum chewing.
- The car must be a cool temperature but avoid A/C or heat blowing directly on the patient.
- You will be asked to remove all jewelry in the area to be imaged.