Thermography, also known as Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), is a state of the art clinical test used to detect and record images of the body’s heat. Thermography detects increased temperature on the skin which is caused by an increased flow of blood. The increased blood flow is caused by inflammation, which can indicate infection, disease or the growth of a tumor.
Thermography is both accurate and precise enough to capture subtle abnormal changes in cellular and tissue function, and increased blood flow caused by inflammation, infection and disease, all in real time. This unique feature of thermography is especially important in breast health, where inflammation and increased blood flow often leads to breast cancer, the third deadliest cancer and the most life-threatening cancer for women.
The Relationship between Heat, Inflammation, Disease and Thermography
- Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and can lead to cancer.
- Inflammation causes tissue damage and stimulates the production of chemicals and increased blood flow. This raises the temperature of the affected areas in the body.
- Thermography detects and captures high quality images of this increased temperature, which indicates abnormal tissue function.
- Regular thermography screening offers the ability to monitor heat patterns in the body and catch abnormalities early.
- When abnormalities are caught early, they are reversible.
- Thermography offers a proactive approach to reversing any sign of inflammation.
Why consider thermography
- One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Inflammatory breast cancer in which there is no lump.
- To monitor any abnormal changes in women with Fibrosyctic breast disease.
- Thermography is effective for women between the ages of 30-50, who normally have denser breast tissue and cannot benefit well from mammography.
- Thermography is ideal for women with breast implants who are unable to undergo routine mammography.
- Thermography can see all lymph areas (the area under the armpits), while mammography can only see the tissue that was pressed between the two plates.