Early Detection and Prevention.
Today, doctors and researchers agree that inflammation is generally the first indication of all degenerative diseases. Detection of inflammation requires a heat-sensitive device. Thermal Imaging is simply a matter of taking a series of pictures with a specialty high-definition camera that captures valuable thermal information that is invisible to the human eye and even invisible to x-ray.
Thermal Imaging, FDA registered in 1982; detects changes before you can feel them. Despite increased awareness, it is now a fact that heart disease and cancer are the number one cause of death in America.
Today, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. And one in every three deaths is from heart disease or stroke for both men and women. Although the “gold standard” for detecting breast cancer has always been a mammogram, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (D.I.T.I.) detects cellular changes before they form into tumors. It is designed as a screening tool and adjunct to mammography for the earliest possible detection of abnormalities.
Digital Thermal Imaging is used and valued by the military to detect and see beneath the surface, it is also utilized in Doppler radars to show us weather patterns. Since 1982 it has been utilized to assist with breast screenings and detection of early heart and circulatory conditions. Digital Thermal Imaging has also been able to detect inflammation, digestive problems, and Immune Dysfunction such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue (see “What We Can See” section for full listing).
How does this work? What do you mean – “I have options?”
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging of the breast is a 20-minute, non-invasive, image-screening procedure that detects subtle physiological changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection, or vascular disease. In the early stages of breast cancer, for example, a tumor develops additional capillaries to supply blood. This is a process that can be detected in its earliest stages by Thermal Imaging. The goal of the test is quite simple: the image is taken and upon completion it reveals areas of pathology, physical injuries, inflammation, as well as tumors; in many cases months or years before other imaging procedures. The images are shown in color patterns. These patterns discern whether there is heat, inflammation, increased blood flow or whether there is a “hypo,” or decreased physiological functioning part of the body.
Both hot and cold responses coexist if the pain associated with an inflammatory area causes an increase of sympathetic activity. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as an Infrared Thermal Imaging. The imaging process is non-invasive; there is no contact with body, and no risks. The ultra-sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated computers detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of these temperature and vascular changes coming off of the body. These images are then converted into computerized impulses and then translated into color patterns, which become your “thermal image.” Again, there is no contact with the body, no breast compression, no radiation, and no pain!! Many studies are now suggesting that the compression of the breasts could lead to further spreading of existing tumor cells. Now with the newest, state-of-the-art technology and training, Advanced Thermal Imaging is proud to be utilizing this Infrared Technology. For nearly 7 years we have been providing this service to our patients and to the community seeking an adjunct therapy. The purpose of Thermal Imaging is to detect inflammation and to identify any abnormalities as early and quickly as possible in order to reduce risk. The testing is 100% safe.
We can learn from history!
The first recorded use of thermo-biological (heats relationship to the body) diagnostics can be found in the writings of Hippocrates around 480 B.C. A mud slurry spread over the patient was observed for areas that would dry first and was thought to indicate underlying organ pathology. Since this time, continued research and clinical observations proved out that certain temperatures related to the human body were indeed indicative of normal and abnormal physiological processes. As mentioned earlier, in the 1950′s the military began its research into infrared monitoring systems for nighttime troop movements, which ushered in a new era in thermal diagnostics. The first use of diagnostic Digital Thermography came in 1957 when R. Lawson discovered that the skin temperature over cancerous tissue was higher than that of normal tissue. In 1972 the Department of Health Education and Welfare released a position paper in which the director, Thomas Tierney, wrote, “The medical consultants indicate that Digital Thermography, in its present state of development, is beyond the experimental state as a diagnostic procedure in the following 4 areas: (I) Pathology of the female breast. . .” On January 29, 1982, the Food and Drug Administration published its approval and classification of Digital Thermography as an adjunctive diagnostic screening procedure for the detection of breast cancer. Since then literally 1000′s of articles and research papers have been written exploring the benefits of Digital Thermography.