Medical Infrared Imaging is the most accurate way to observe temperature variations and patterns on all regions of the body.
We believe in the power of inflammation detection!
Thermography is used to determine areas of the body that have irregular blood flow and it is used as an adjunct method of screening. Every person deserves the truth about their state of health. Instead of waiting for symptoms to manifest and a disease process to be diagnosed, Infrared Imaging gives you a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – Inflammation.
Inflammation is the reaction of a part of the body to injury or infection, characterized by swelling, heat, redness, and pain. The process includes increased blood flow with an influx of white blood cells and other chemical substances that facilitate healing.
What is infrared?
The history behind the Infrared camera.
In 1929, Hungarian physicist Kálmán Tihanyi invented the infrared-sensitive (night vision) electronic television camera for anti-aircraft defense in Britain. The first thermographic cameras began with the development of the first infrared line scanner. This was created by the US military and Texas Instruments in 1947[not in citation given] and took one hour to produce a single image. While several approaches were investigated to improve the speed and accuracy of the technology, one of the most crucial factors dealt with scanning an image, which the AGA company was able to commercialize using a cooled photoconductor.
The first infrared linescan system was the British Yellow Duckling of the mid 1950s. This used a continuously rotating mirror and detector, with Y axis scanning by the motion of the carrier aircraft. Although unsuccessful in its intended application of submarine tracking by wake detection, it was applied to land-based surveillance and became the foundation of military IR linescan.
This work was further developed at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in the UK when they discovered mercury cadmium telluride could be used as a conductor that required much less cooling. Honeywell in the United States also developed arrays of detectors which could cool at a lower temperature, but they scanned mechanically. This method had several disadvantages which could be overcome using an electronically scanning system. In 1969 Michael Francis Tompsett at English Electric Valve Company in the UK patented a camera which scanned pyro-electronically and which reached a high level of performance after several other breakthroughs throughout the 1970s. Tompsett also proposed an idea for solid-state thermal-imaging arrays, which eventually led to modern hybridized single-crystal-slice imaging devices.[
Modern use of the infrared camera.
A thermographic camera (also called an infrared camera or thermal imaging camera) is a device that captures an image using sensitive infrared detector technology, similar to a common camera that forms an image using visible light. Instead of the 400–700 nanometre range of the visible light camera, infrared cameras operate in wavelengths as long as 14,000 nm (14 µm). Their use is called thermography.
Infrared energy is just one part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which encompasses radiation from gamma rays, x-rays, ultra violet, a thin region of visible light, infrared, terahertz waves, microwaves, and radio waves. These are all related and differentiated in the length of their wave (wavelength). All objects emit a certain amount of black body radiation as a function of their temperatures.
Generally speaking, the higher an object’s temperature, the more infrared radiation is emitted as black-body radiation. A special camera can detect this radiation in a way similar to the way an ordinary camera detects visible light. It works even in total darkness because ambient light level does not matter. This makes it useful for rescue operations in smoke-filled buildings and underground.
A major difference with optical cameras is that the focusing lenses cannot be made of glass, as glass blocks long-wave infrared light. Special materials such as Germanium or Sapphire crystals must be used. Germanium lenses are also quite fragile, so often have a hard coating to protect against accidental contact. The higher cost of these special lenses is one reason why thermographic cameras are more costly
Medical Infrared Technicians want to help
Thermography detects inflammation, often long before symptoms may be felt or eventually diagnosed with an actual disease. In a nutshell, Infrared imaging can see your body asking for extra help. Humans are famous for waiting until symptoms get so bad they finally act on them. At that point, there is probably little opportunity for prevention – only reaction – leaving no choice but to endure invasive testing, drugs with side effects, treatments and surgeries that greatly reduce quality of life. However on the proactive side, trained practitioners can support your body’s ability to heal itself through various modalities such as diet changes, supplementation, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, exercise and more… All designed to keep the person to a healthy state of well being.
Who can benefit from Medical Infrared imaging?
Anyone who is interested in staying healthy and not focused exclusively on specific disease diagnosis will benefit from Infrared imaging. A thermal assessment combined with guidance from a trusted healthcare provider is an opportunity to achieve desired results of optimal health and longevity.
How deep can the infrared camera see into the body?
Thermography images the skin surface (1/4 inch), which is a wealth of information reflecting internal metabolism and physiological changes. Thermography does not need to penetrate and invade the body to obtain unique and critical information regarding status of health.
Medical infrared results.
Thermography is very sensitive but not specific. What that means is changes that would not be visible to any other examination can be very apparent and indicate an opportunity to make changes for the purpose of optimizing and preserving health. We believe thermography is an early detection of negative changes in the body that, if left unaddressed can lead to different life changing diseases.
“Health Discovery is a meaningful lifelong journey
that a person takes themselves with a trusted health care practitioner.
-Kristin Burton CNHP, CCT