Thermography

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Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)

A safe alternative to mammograms, X-ray and MRI’s 

NO Radiation

NO Pain

NO Compression

NO Blood Draw

What is Infrared Thermography?

Infrared Thermography is a noninvasive diagnostic technique, FDA approved medical grade Infrared Camera to detect subtle variations of heat radiating from the surface of the body (Painless and no contact with the body).

This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. The spectrum of colours indicate an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetry can be easily identified.

 

Medical DITI is the ONLY method available to visualize and assess pain and pathology anywhere in the body and is a key tool in detecting and monitoring a multitude of diseases and physical injuries

 

Medical DITI's major clinical value is in its high sensitivity to pathology in the vascular, muscular, endocrine, neural and skeletal systems, and can contribute to the clinician's pathogenesis and diagnosis. Medical DITI has been used extensively in human medicine in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia for the past 20 years. Until now, cumbersome equipment has hampered its diagnostic and economic viability. Current state of the art PC based Infrared technology designed specifically for clinical application has changed all this.

Its use in cancer prevention and early detection is based on the principle that as a cancerous tumor develops, there is increased circulation and metabolic activity in the area which correlates to a rise in radiant heat that can be detected by the Infrared Camera.

These metabolic changes can be identified well before a noticeable mass develops, even up to 8 years earlier. For example, in the case of Inflammatory Breast Cancer, there are no lumps to be detected by self-exam or Mammography.  


Clinical Uses

Clinical uses for DITI include:

 

1. To define the extent of a lesion of which a diagnosis has previously been made

2. To localize an abnormal area not previously identified, so further diagnostic tests can be performed

3. To detect early lesions before they are clinically evident

4. To monitor the healing process before the patient is returned to work or training

 

Skin blood flow is under the control of the sympathetic nervous system. In normal people there is a symmetrical dermal pattern which is consistent and reproducible for any individual. This is recorded in precise detail with a temperature sensitivity of 0.1℃ by DITI.

 

Clinical uses for DITI as an adjunctive diagnostic tool include the following injuries or conditions:

  • Back injuries

  • Arthritis

  • Headache

  • Nerve Damage

  • Unexplained Pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • RSD  reflex sympathetic dystrophy/(CRPS) Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

  • Dental & TMJ

  • Artery Inflammation

  • Vascular Inflammation

  • Breast Disease

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Disk Disease

  • Inflammatory Pain

  • Skin Cancer

  • Referred Pain Syndrome

  • Sprain/Strain Stroke Screening

  • Whiplash

  • Stroke Screening

  • Digestive Disorders

 

Prevention is Key

Breast Cancer is a leading concern for all women and is even becoming more common among men. As a woman, you have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer at some point in your lifetime. Fortunately, nearly all breast cancers can be treated successfully if they are found early. The five-year survival rate for women whose breast cancer was found and treated in its early stages is nearly 100%. Detecting breast cancer early gives you a lifesaving head start on the road to treatment and optimal health.

Just as unique as a fingerprint, each patient has a particular infrared map of their breasts. Any variation of this infrared map on serial imaging (images taken over months to years) may indicate an early sign of abnormality. Stay proactive and in charge of your health by making Infrared Thermography a part of your annual routine.

 

Breast Cancer Facts:

  • 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer

  • If found early, nearly all breast cancers can be successfully treated

  • The 5-year survival rate of women with breast cancer detected in early stages approaches 100%

  • The 5-year survival rate of women with late-stage breast cancer is approximately 40%

  • Early detection matters!

Advantages of Breast Thermography:

  • Non-invasive (no touching, no compression, no pulling)

  • Safe – no radiation exposure. (1 rad of radiation increases your cancer risk by 1%. With 10 years of annual mammogram screening, you have a cumulative 10% increased risk)

  • No contrast of any kind is administered

  • Earlier detection – as small as a pinhead

Superior sensitivity for:

  • Dense breasts (sensitivity on mammograms is reduced by 40% for those with dense breasts)

  • Fibrocystic breasts

  • Breast reduction

  • Implants

  • Very small breasts

  • Very large breasts

  • Pregnant or Nursing

  • Lumpectomy or mastectomy

Safe for:

  • Surgically augmented breasts

  • Pregnant or lactating

  • Both men and women

Thermography is an adjunctive diagnostic modality that complements:

  • Physical breast exams

  • Mammography

  • Ultrasound

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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FREQUENTLY ASKED  Q & A


Q. What Can I Expect When I Come in For an Infrared Study?
Nature Care Wellness uses
Total Body Thermography in-office and Meditherm Interpretation Service Group.   Simply make an appointment at NCW and the friendly technicians at Total Body Thermography will do the rest on the day of visit.  The digital thermal images are taken and electronically transported to Certified Medical Doctors for interpretation. They evaluate the images and provide the patient and Dr. Cruz a written report with their findings along with a copy of all color images taken during the screening procedure. Results will be reviewed at your follow up visit.  You will be advised to consult with your health care specialist if the results warrant further investigation and testing.  


Q. Do I need my doctor’s referral?
No, Nature Care Wellness sees patients who are both self and physician referred.
 
Q. What Will My Therma-Scan Report Look Like?
Your Therma-scan report is comprehensive, easy to read and understand, and will include images with key areas of concern clearly identified. MediTherm emphasizes quality and innovation from the beginning of the imaging process through the final report.

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Example of a healthy breast scan:

Example of a scan that was later confirmed, through a biopsy to be a tumor 2 cm in size.  The vascular asymmetry in the upper left breast was particularly suspicious and after clinical investigation, the palpable mass was located.

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Q. How is Infrared Breast Thermography Different from Traditional Mammography?
Unlike Mammography, Infrared Thermography is a completely non-contact and pain-free procedure. There also is no radiation exposure. Mammography uses an X-Ray to capture an image that is a shadow of dense structures in the breast. It has an 80% sensitivity, which means it correctly identifies malignant tumors 80% of the time in women over age 50. It has a lower sensitivity in women under age 50.  Difficulties in reading mammograms can occur in women who are on hormone replacement, nursing or have fibrocystic, large, dense, or enhanced breasts. These types of breast differences do not cause complications in reading digital infrared scans. Thermography is designed to be an adjunctive screening and is best used in combination with other screening tools.

 

Q. Why is Thermography of the breast essential?
It has a 90% sensitivity and specificity  in women of all ages. Since it detects physiological changes in tissue, a positive infrared image is the highest known risk factor for the existence of a future development of breast cancer. It is important to note that neither Mammography nor Thermography diagnose cancer. Only a biopsy can determine if a questionable area is malignant.  An abnormal thermogram of the breast is 10 times more significant as a future risk indicator for breast cancer than a first order family history of the disease.  Breast thermography has the ability to detect the first signs that a cancer may be forming up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it.
 
Q. Thermography covered by Insurance? 
Yes, some insurance companies cover Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). The patients are advised to check with their individual plan. The CPT Code is 93740 which stands for Breast Thermography/Temperature Gradient Study. If you are uninsured or if your insurance does not cover DITI, The United Breast Cancer Foundation will cover all or a portion of the cost. Please apply online at UBCF.info to get up to $150.00 based on financial need.  Patients are encouraged  to fill out a one page application on their website even if you feel you would not receive any funds. Please follow up with them once you are approved and check with them periodically..
 
Q. Which Organization endorses equipment from Total Body Thermography?
The United Breast Cancer Foundation endorses the Infrared Camera and Software manufactured by Meditherm.

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