Thermography is a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure. Thermography monitors and gives insight to the overall health of your body. This includes diseases and physical injuries. Using a digital infrared camera, thermography creates a digital “map” of your body’s temperature pattern. This blueprint of sorts can show abnormalities that may indicate inflammation. Inflammation is a precursor to disease processes. So when we talk about whether or not disease can be detected with thermography, while the details are multi-faceted, the answer is yes.
The body naturally emits heat. As a result, this heat, when captured by a thermographic camera, provides a visual image. And this image displays inflammation within the body.
Left unaddressed, inflammation leads to disease processes. Because it is often the precursor and first sign of many degenerative diseases, inflammation is important to keep under control. For instance, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, and a host of chronic health issues all have a connection to inflammation.
When Can Disease Be Detected With Thermography?
Thermography enables you to detect inflammation early. In fact, sometimes even before any symptoms arise! This helps you to make any necessary lifestyle changes. These changes assist in decreasing inflammation and preventing underlying health conditions before they’re allowed to fully develop.
Thermography is a safe, non-invasive, no-touch, no radiation process. At Insight Thermography of Oklahoma, there is no poking or prodding during your procedure.
In fact, it’s just you and an infrared camera in a room together. Our certified thermographer runs the camera from the other side of a partition in the room. She can’t see you at all. Thermography with us is totally private and painless. When the process is over, a medical doctor known as a thermologist interprets your images.
How Can Disease Be Detected With Thermography?
Thermal imaging works by detecting temperature variations related to blood flow. Through a thermal imaging camera, warmer areas of the body stand out against cooler areas. These pattern changes tracked over time provide a sort of “thermal fingerprint” for your specific body.
When it comes to disease, we often observe skin temperature changes near the primary source of inflammation. For example, cancer cells tend to grow and multiply quickly. Therefore, blood flow and metabolism are higher in the areas near a growing tumor. This means skin temperature near these locations is increased, or on a thermogram, looks “hotter.”
Thermography is a valuable tool in preventing and detecting underlying disease. However, it is important to note that “detect” is not the same as “diagnose.” As with most types of imaging, thermography itself does not diagnose you with a specific, nameable disease. Thermography DOES help in detection of an underlying disease process. In turn, thermography equips you to make lifestyle changes or seek further medical advice if necessary.
Inflammation can point to multiple disease processes. Thermography is a great indicator of these imbalances. With no radiation, no compression, no touching, thermography can screen the following:
- Head and Neck
- Carotid Artery
- Breasts and Respiratory System
- Cardiovascular System
- Abdomen (GI Tract and Reproductive System)
- Muscular and Skeletal Systems (Arthritis, Orthopedic issues)
- Varicose Veins