Medical Thermography…… What is it? I hear you say…. I have always been into natural therapies and homeopathic medicine having a great success over the years treating all kinds of ailments. Today saw me having my first Thermography session with Sharon Edwards – H(Rhom), DNM, RHN, CCT at the Downtown Spa and Relaxation Centre. All I can say is, it was amazing, Sharon is the loveliest of people, with fun and friendly disposition. There is an excerpt from Thermography Medical Clinic‘s website below or you can click on the link to read and know more. I have been experiencing pain in my left underarm, and of course I wanted to make that it wasn’t from a breast related issue. I was also looking for signs of inflammation in my body that could cause long term health problems, my thermography scan today was half body, so from my head to the top of my hips. It took about 45 minutes, it’s non invasive and completely painless – but you do need to be completely unrobed for all the entire area that is being scanned. After the imaging was completed Sharon talked me through my images, in clear concise terms that I could understand. I will receive a written report and recommendations for any treatment in about 10 days. Sharon in this case is also going to send me my images, as I would like to share them with you. I believe this is wonderful technology, there are no side effects and you are not exposed to any radiation. Despite my fairly clean organic diet, holistic choices and my chemical free beauty routine, I still showed signs of inflammation so I definitely have some work to do on having my body inflammation free. Look out for my post with my images and Sharon’s recommendations in about 4 weeks.
Over the past decade, prevention has been transformed into a medical practice. One of the constituent components of this innovative approach is Infrared Thermal Imaging Technology, also known as Thermography. This approach to diagnosing, quantifying and screening for differences and changes in skin surface temperature is FDA-approved as an adjunct procedure, including in the area of breast cancer detection.
The technology behind the newer practices and applications of Medical Thermography has a long and steeped history (over the past 50 years), and increasing numbers of healthcare providers are moving to integrate Thermography into their practice… and patients are demanding medical thermography services. The future of preventive healthcare is (finally) here.
In practice, Medical Thermography offers a unique opportunity as a screening tool for prevention. Thermography is a device intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or is intended to affect the structure or function of the body. Thermography’s greatest contribution in understanding the processes of the human body is its inherent ability to detect subtle, vascular and physiological changes that if left unattended, may become, over time, a degenerative disruptive disease.
Medical Thermography is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that enables the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. An infrared camera is used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color on a monitor. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicates 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 asymmetries can be easily identified.
The thermal patterns displayed on the thermogram are as unique as fingerprints. In healthy people, there is a symmetrical thermal pattern that is consistent and reproducible for that individual. Injury or disease will result in thermal asymmetries. After detection, thermography also has an effective role in monitoring the effects of treatment.