For Patients

Why Medical Infrared Screening?

Full Body thermography

Medical Infrared Imaging is the most accurate way to observe temperature variations and patterns on all regions of the body.

Inflammation is the body reacting 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 help healing.

Why would we not want to observe that very important part of ourselves?  

The skin is the body’s central processing unit; it’s a communication hub that functions as an interactive, bi-directional network of interconnections, sharing information between all systems, including the neurological, immune and endocrine functions and pathways. The information is on the skin, and thermography functions as the monitor, measuring and evaluating the metabolic signals and telling the story as it happens. The infrared camera “sees” the inflammation in the body functioning and changing in “real time”. For instance, hot patterns mean “inflammation”. It is so important to “see” inflammation because it is a very active cause of Alzheimer’s, heart and cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and much more!

Full Body Imaging

Full Body thermography provides valuable information about a person’s state of health. As your body functions change, so do your infrared patterns. Thermography is the science that observes studies and analyzes these infrared changes to give you (and us) valuable and possibly unknown information about your health. Read more about Full Body Thermography here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

find-a-center-bannerWho can benefit from Infrared Imaging?

Anyone interested in proactively taking charge of their health and not focused exclusively on specific disease diagnosis will benefit from Thermal 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 thermography see into the body?

The infrared camera images the skin surface (1/4 inch); the imaging provides 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.

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I am a cancer survivor. Can infrared imaging help me monitor my breasts?

Yes, Thermography with any other unspecified tests. That could be x-ray, mammogram, MRI, CT, etc. In fact, because the FDA identifies thermogram as an adjunct to mammogram, anyone who has ever had a mammogram should also have a thermogram. Thermography is not a stand-alone diagnostic tool. (Thank goodness… there should always be more than one test for any diagnosis).

Does Thermography “see” cancer? If I have something suspicious looking, will the doctors at least say something?

Thermography does not see deep inside the body, as it is non-invasive. If our Interpreting Physicians see something that they would consider “thermographically significant” they will give you strong encouragement to seek further clinical correlation and evaluation. Remember that “Thermographically Significant” does NOT necessarily mean concern for a specific disease, but can indicate an abnormal thermal pattern(s) that meet a certain clinically acceptable level of significance.

Does infrared imaging replace mammography?

No. Thermography’s intended use as an adjunct to other clinical diagnostic procedures for quantifying and screening of temperature differences in the skin surface.

What are your Interpreting Physicians looking for?

A healthy body is expected to be thermally symmetrical. The Interpreting Physicians are looking for signs of significant asymmetry which can show valuable indications such as; natural healing signs of inflammation, blood profusion, lymphatic congestion, injury, hormonal imbalance and much more. After evaluating these areas they will assess their level of concern (low, moderate or high) as it relates to the thermal patterns. They will also recommend a follow-up appointment for further evaluation, if necessary, or to establish a stable baseline.

Do you personally get mammograms?

Getting a mammogram is a very personal choice for every woman. We encourage you to discuss this with your doctor or trusted healthcare practitioner. We also encourage you to educate yourself about the associated risks, so that you can make an educated decision best for you.

What would you do if you were diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

This is a very personal question. Each case is personal and unique. I can tell you that I have educated myself so that I can prepare myself as much as possible in the unlikely event of a diagnosis. Without preparation I have witnessed how decisions are extremely difficult and sometimes with regret for feeling rushed.

These images were taken just minutes apart during a hot flash, but often times women have a permanent mottling pattern on their chests/breasts. This can clear with proper hormone balancing.   What is a baseline?

A baseline is two identical studies, taken at two different times to find if patterns are stable or if there are any changes. Therefore, the follow-up appointment is the most valuable. If the patterns are stable and not significant, there will be a recommend annual follow-up or earlier if any concerns should arise in the meantime. If there is not stability, there may be recommendation for further clinical evaluation and another follow-up in 3 – 6 months.

We believe every person deserves to know the status of their health, advanced symptoms need advanced disease management. Thermography provides a very sensitive look at the most clinically recognized indicator of potential health problems – inflammation. In other words, thermography can see what the body is doing in attempt to heal itself. Sometimes it needs help.