Medical thermography is a safe, non-invasive screening toolThousands of men and women in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and around the globe have taken advantage of medical thermal imaging, technically known as Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). Thermography pictures and analyzes changes in the skin’s surface temperature without the use of radiation. While X-rays, Ultrasound and Mammography can show us the structure of the body, they will miss such things as active inflammation and increased blood supply as found in many illnesses. Thermography is a unique screening technology alternative that takes a picture and creates a map of the thermal patterns of the body. It is different from other types of screening because it helps you see how your body functions.
Inner Image Clinical Thermography has provided thermal imaging services in Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut since 2006 for men and women who want access to the earliest, safest and most comfortable screening alternative that modern technology offers. Though not an alternative to mammograms, thermal imaging used in conjunction with mammography will give the best screening accuracy.
Clinical uses for Thermography include:
To define the extent of a lesion of which a diagnosis has previously been made;
To localize an abnormal area not previously identified, so further diagnostic tests can be performed;
To detect early lesions before they are clinically evident;
To monitor the healing process before the patient is returned to work or training.
A thermal scanning device is used to convert infrared imaging from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are shown in color on a monitor. This visual image maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of heat being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of symmetry in the normal, healthy body, subtle abnormal temperature differences are easily identified. Medical thermal imaging is highly sensitive to variation in the vascular, muscular, neural, and skeletal systems and can contribute valuable information to a diagnosis made by a physician.