What is Thermography?
Thermography is a quick non-invasive image that reads the skin’s surface temperature. The temperature is then visualized in color.
Why should I have this test done?
Thermography is the detection and monitoring of a number of diseases and physical injuries that are shown through thermal abnormalities present in the body. Thermography’s role is to help in the early detection of these abnormalities with an overall goal of preventative medicine.
Will this test tell me if I have cancer, a tumor, cyst, or lump?
No, we cannot see physical structures in the body. Thermography can detect dysfunction in the body that can be early indicators of these abnormalities.
What do the colors mean?
The colors have no specific meaning. They are a tool to show variances in temperature and patterns. The Doctor’s analyze your images based on the patterns and not the colors.
Who certifies your thermographers?
Thermography technicians are trained and certified by the American College of Clinical Thermology. The American College of Clinical Thermology is an accredited medical association.
Who reads the images and reports?
Images are sent to an interpretation service who employ medical doctors that are all board certified as thermologists by the American College of Clinical Thermology. These doctors have many years experience and are able to ask for second opinions whenever necessary.
How quickly will I get my report back?
Reports are normally ready within 72 hours. You may collect your report when it is ready or allow for mailing time. If you need your report within 24 hours you can pay an ‘urgent’ fee.
Why do I need to come back in three months for another test?
It takes 3 months for cells to double and new blood vessels to show change. The doctor’s are looking for this change over time. Before evaluating any changes a baseline has to be established. It cannot be established by one study because they have nothing to compare it to. Once there is a baseline, annual screenings are done.
Does Thermography replace a mammogram?
When thermography, clinical examination, and mammmography are used together, 95%-98% of early stage breast cancers can be detected. The diagnosis of breast disease cannot be determined by any single test.
Thermography is not a stand-alone device and does not replace mammography or any other diagnostic device or examination. Any suspicious outcome will result in a recommendation for further testing.