Thermography

Jennifer J. Kaufman, CCT

What is Thermography?

Thermography or DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) is an affordable and totally

non-invasive, painless screening with no radiation and no contact with the body.

What is Thermography used for?

 

To help in determining the cause of pain. 

To aid in the early detection of disease and pathology

To evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury

To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition

To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing

To follow progress of healing and rehabilitation.

Overview of Thermography

Medical DITI is a noninvasive diagnostic technique that allows the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. An infrared scanning device 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 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 asymmetries can be easily identified.

Who interprets my images and writes the report?

Medical doctors or thermologists who represent a variety of specialties such as Emergency Medicine, Functional Medicine, OB/GYN, General Practice, and Radiology interpret the thermal images for abnormal heat patterns and asymmetries. Board certification and training is provided by the American College of Clinical Thermology (ACCT). The report is usually ready within 3-5 business days.

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