Being able to see the very first beginnings of a possible disease process before it becomes a medical problem is essential to living a long and healthy life.
Thermography is an important imaging tool for prevention. Thermography helps guide us to the areas in your body that are asking for help; often times long before traditional tests or other imaging techniques can detect a possible problem.
Thermography uses a highly sensitive infrared camera to map the body’s temperature. It is FDA cleared, uses absolutely zero radiation, is non-invasive and provides a reliable means of graphically mapping and displaying the skin’s surface temperature. By detecting subtle variations in blood vessel activity, we can detect thermal heat patterns that could suggest a pre-disease state.
Thermography converts infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color. The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Medical Thermography can graphically display and record the subjective feeling of pain by objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that are produced by pain states.
Medical Thermography’s major clinical value is in its high sensitivity to pathology in the vascular, muscular, neural and skeletal systems and as such can contribute to diagnosis by the clinician.
Thermography is not a replace a mammogram or any other diagnostic device or examination. Thermography is registered with the FDA as an ADJUNCT to mammography.
A full body screening covers all regions of the body with no less than 25 images. A region of interest can be used for localized screening such as breast screening, thyroid, etc. and it can assess the current state of your health and detect early signs of:
Please read this before coming to your appointment for Breast or Medical Thermography.
IMPORTANT PROTOCOLS If you have a sunburn or fever, please call to reschedule. 24 hours prior to exam: avoid chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, magnets, heating pads, hot water bottles, analgesic creams or balms, and do not shave.
12 hours prior to exam: do not stimulate the nipple in any way.
4 hours prior to exam: No coffee, tea, soda or other beverages or medications containing caffeine. No alcoholic beverages. Do not bathe or shower in HOT water. Do not perform any rigorous exercise program. Do not touch or rub any body part vigorously. The day of the exam: do not use creams, lotions, ointments, deodorants, antiperspirants, powders or any other skin product. Do not smoke cigarettes or use any product which contains nicotine. Do not use any medication or natural supplement that causes flushing (i.e. Niacin).
Please inform us if you have had chemotherapy or radiation treatment within the last 2 months. Remove all piercings and jewelry prior to the exam. If your hair/bangs cover your forehead, bring a headband to hold it back away from the forehead. If you have long hair (touches the shoulders) bring a hair band to hold it off of the neck. In preparation for your session, do not discontinue any medication or therapy without your doctor’s permission.
Thermography can detect abnormal cell growth 5-8 years sooner than structural testing
such as mammography or MRI without the use of harmful radiation.
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