ThermaLife is a Certified Member of the American Academy of Thermology
Medical DITI enables 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. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries can be easily identified.
These 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. DITI performed with our Flir camera will record these thermal patterns in a Thermograph in precise detail with a temperature sensitivity of 0.01°C.
Medical DITI is a monitor of thermal abnormalities present in a number of diseases and physical injuries. It is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as therapy follow up and rehabilitation monitoring, within clinical fields that include Rheumatology, Neurology, Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine, Oncology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics and many others.
Indications for a Thermographic Evaluation
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Breast Disease (Malignancy, Mastitis, Inflamatory Breast Cancer, Estrogen/Progesterone Imbalance, Fibrocystic Breast Tissue)
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Cord Pain/Injury
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Digestive Disorders
- Disc Disease
- Headache Evaluation
- Herniated Disc
- Inflammatory Disease
- Ligament Tear
- Lymphatic Congestion
- Muscle Tear
- Nerve Irritation
- Neoplasia (Melanoma, Squamous Cell, Basel Cell)
- Periodontal Disease
- Pinched Nerves/Pain
- Ruptured Disc
- Sinus Issues
- Skin Cancer
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Stroke/Cardiovascular Screening
- Skin Abnormalities
- Thyroid/Hormonal Imbalances
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Trigger Points
- TMJ Dysfunction
Our Thermograms are performed using the Flir A310 Digital Thermagraphic System, one of the best available cameras on the market. Thermography was FDA approved in 1982 for breast imaging and in 2004 for additional uses such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal.
We make comparative scans to optimize the analysis and have the capability to scan the entire body.
Our imaging room is specially designed to maintain temperature without air movement. The camera remains stationary for accuracy and to avoid re calibration.
All scans are read in the office and preliminary results are discussed along with the patients additional concerns.
History of Thermal Imaging
The AMA approved Thermography as an adjunctive test for the diagnosis of breast cancer in 1982.
- In 1984 the American Medical Association certified that Thermography was “beyond the experimental and investigational stages.”
- Thermagraphy has been available for over 50 years, predating mammography by a decade.
- Over the last 10 years the incidence of breast cancer has doubled, so we must use every proven diagnostic tool available for early detection.
- By the time mammograms can detect a tumor, it is the size of a dime. Thermal imaging is capable of detecting signs of cancer 8-10 years before mammography.
Thermography Explained on the Doctors TV Show