Applications of Medical Thermography
Medical Thermography has 4 general categories of application, and a variety of specialized applications. The general categories are:
- As a Health Discovery tool
- As part of a Proactive approach to Health and Wellness
- As an Adjunctive Imaging modality and
- To Monitor the effectiveness of a medical intervention.
- Medical Thermography is different from every other imaging modality.
- Other imaging modalities such as X-rays, CT Scans, MRI and Ultrasound are all looking at structure, or anatomy. Medical Thermography on the other hand is a test of physiology, or function.
- Other imaging modalities have risks and potential side effects. There is no risk and no side effect from having a thermal study done. Medical
thermography is 100% safe – it is non-invasive, and no energy is imparted to the client.
- Since thermography sees the body the way no other imaging modality does, medical thermography can provide the missing piece of the puzzle to enable a medical practitioner to “connect the dots.”
- When the body is in homeostasis, the thermal patterns of the body should be symmetrical and there should be no significant hot or cold patterns.
- So, when there is inflammation or reduced function of an organ or system of the body, there will be an “abnormal” thermal pattern.
- The goal of a medical intervention is to address the inflammatory process. When that intervention is effective, the thermal pattern will be “normalized.”
- Therefore, thermography can provide a way to assess if that medical intervention is effective or if it needs to be adjusted, modified or re- evaluated.
- Examples of Medical Thermography to monitor the effectiveness of an intervention or course of treatment include –
- Thyroid Support
- Lymphatic Congestion
- Vascular Issues
Knee surgery – Since medical thermography is assessing thermal symmetry, it compares one side of the body to the other. So if one knee is significantly warmer than the other, then the body is sending Increased blood flow to that knee and healing is not complete.
Thermography as a Monitoring Tool
(courtesy of Medical Thermography Clinic)