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Applications for Thermography in Diagnostic Imaging

A Powerful Tool...

While not an exhaustive list, thermographic diagnostic imaging may aid in the evaluation, diagnosis and monitoring of the following conditions:


Allergies

Arteriosclerosis

Brachial Plexus Injury

Breast Disease: Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Ductal

    Carcinoma in Situ

Bursitis

Cardiovascular Disorders: Carotid Artery Disease, Stroke, Blood Clots

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CPS) & Median Neuropathy

Causalgia

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Muscle Contraction

Chronic Orofacial Pain 

Compartment Syndromes

Coronary Artery Disease/Heart Disease

Crohn’s Disease

Cysts

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Dental Abscesses

Dental Infections

Digastric Inflammation

Diverticulitis 

Dystrophy

Elevated C-Reactive Protein

Esophageal Cancer

Fibromyalgia

Frozen Shoulder

Gum Disease

Headaches

Heel Spurs

Herniated Discs

Hormonal Imbalance

Hyperaesthesia

Infectious Diseases (Shingles, Leprosy)

Inferior Alveolar Nerve Deficit

Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBS)

Kidney Infections

Ligament or Muscle Tear

Limb Ischemia

Lower Motor Neuron Disease

Lung Cancer

Lupus

Lymph Congestion

Male Breast Cancer

Mitral Valve Infection

Morton's Neuroma

Musculoligamentous Spasm

Myofascial Inflammation

Nerve Impingement, Compression and Irritation

Neuralgia

Neuritis

Neuropathy

Neuropraxia

Neurovascular Compression

Patellofemoral Syndromes

Peripheral Axon Disease

Phlebitis

Radiculopathy

Raynaud’s Syndrome

Referred Pain

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

Rheumatology Conditions: Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis,     Epicondylitis

Sinus Infection and Inflammation

Skin Cancers: Squamous, Basal, Melanoma

Spinal Tumors

Sports Injuries 

Sprains and Stress Fractures

Synovitis

Temporal Arteritis

Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thyroid Dysfunction

Torticollis

Varicosity

Vasculitis

Vertebral Subluxation

Whiplash

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If you are experiencing any of the health concerns noted here or others and would like more information on how thermography can assist you in your healthcare decisions, please contact us.

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The Technology & Process

Digital Infrared Imaging Technology

The body's natural healing response to injury, infection or pathogen is inflammation in either acute or chronic form. In instances of acute inflammation, the inflammatory response protects cells and tissues and promotes healing. However, chronic inflammation is often a precursor to disease. With both types of inflammation, increased blood flow and heat are generated by the body. This heat, generated by the somatic nervous system, is what is detected through thermal imaging.


Through thermographic scans, heat radiating from the skin's surface is captured by a digital camera specifically calibrated for the narrow range of temperatures emitted by the human body and communicates those images to a computer monitor via electronic impulses. Those impulses display the varying temperatures in a range of colors. Under normal circumstances, there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the human body – mirror sides of the body typically emit similar heat patterns – thus making even subtle asymmetry easily identified. 


What to Expect During a Scan

Without the use of radiation or tissue compression, Diagnostic Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) offers a different means of evaluating human physiology. Clients are placed several feet in front of a thermal imaging camera which is controlled by the thermographer from a remote computer. Based upon the area of concern, several images are taken typically in lateral, medial, and posterior positions. 


Disrobing for the area being scanned is necessary, however scans are quick and painless. We do ask our clients to follow some guidelines in advance of any scan to ensure images are not affected. A complete list of guidelines can be found on our FAQ page and will be provided in advance of your appointment.





Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma