Full Body Thermography
Thermography is a test of physiology (how cells function in the body). It demonstrates patterns in skin temperature that may be normal or which may indicate the presence of pain, injury, disease or other abnormalities. If abnormal heat patterns are identified relating to a specific function of the body, then further investigation and additional testing of a different nature may be needed to assist your health care provider in the diagnosis or treatment of that dysfunction.
Research shows that chronic inflammation is at the root of many of the diseases that negatively affect our lives today, including cancers, heart disease, musculoskeletal disease, joint disease and diabetes. Thermal imaging is the best technology for showing inflammation in the body. Detecting this inflammation at the earliest possible stage allows for the opportunity to address the problem and take measures to treat these changes before they become more serious. Annual screening with regional or full body thermography can determine whether inflammatory changes are taking place or if known conditions are changing or becoming chronic.
Regional and full body thermal scans can also be quite useful in assessing and monitoring pain, inflammatory states such as infections, musculo-skeletal dysfunction, arthritis and joint pain, soft tissue and sports injuries, myofascial trigger points, nerve pain and pain related to suboptimal blood flow to an area. It can help to localize the source of referred pain in the body and can be useful in diagnosing dental pain, helping to determine whether there is a sub-clinical infection, nerve involvement or TMJ present. It can also be used to support the need for additional diagnostic imaging when medical justification for testing is required.
Regional and full body scans are not useful as a 'stand alone' screening test for cancer, however abnormal findings may serve as an early indicator or lead to follow-up with other testing more appropriate to diagnosing cancers or the presence of chronic inflammation in that particular region of the body.
It is important to remember that no test is 100% accurate and in the presence of abnormal changes in the body, no one test should be used as the sole basis to make treatment decisions.
How to prepare for a regional or full body thermogram:
- For 24 hours prior to your scan – avoid
heavy exercise, massage or chiropractic adjustments, sauna or steam rooms.
- For 2 hours prior to your
scan - avoid exercise,
hot or cold showering, tobacco use, coffee and tea consumption. Do
not shave under your arms or use deodorant, skin creams or lotion
in the areas to be imaged. Avoid sun exposure the day of the test.
You should not have had a sunburn or used a tanning booth within
a week of your test for best results.
- No changes in diet or medication are necessary.
The test takes approximately thirty minutes. You will be asked to remove all clothing and jewelry, except for your underpants. A gown will be supplied. Please bring a hair clip to keep your hair off of your shoulders if it is long. The thermographer will review your history and regional/full body questionnaire with you prior to your scan. Please inform the thermographer if you have had any recent skin lesions on your breasts, as the resulting inflammation might cause a false positive result.
After discussing your history and answering any questions you might have, a series of images will be taken of the regions of interest. The procedure is entirely non-invasive. There is no contact with the body at any time and the camera emits no radiation.
You are welcome to bring a companion or partner to be present at the examination.