Why Full Body Infrared Imaging?
The healthy, functioning human body is designed to keep itself in a state of balance. These automatic processes are very organized, structured and somewhat predictable. This is based on what science currently knows about functions and processes of the human anatomy and physiology. At this time this knowledge is limited and there is no doubt that over time we will improve our understanding of diseases and live longer.
We believe medical infrared imaging is part of this understanding as a unique discovery tool. It is unlike other commonly used tools like X-Ray, CT, ultrasound, MRI, and biological tests.
With the use of the appropriate infrared imaging device, we have an opportunity to observe the wisdom and responses from the body itself. This is a way for the body to communicate to its outside world. Full body infrared imaging provides the maximum thermal observation.
Everyone, all over the planet and without exception, wants to live longer and be healthy and functioning for that duration.
Because these automatic responses function optimally in a relatively healthy person, infrared imaging is most beneficial when observing these changes in a relatively healthy person. This makes thermography the perfect tool to observe changes that can eventually, over many years, can become irreversible disease. By then disease management is the only option. This is currently the primary function of our world-wide health system today. If used appropriately, the full body infrared imaging which is safe, accurate and affordable can be the discovery tool of choice. Especially for the doctor who practices with a preventive strategy and for the patients who value this method of healthcare.
What is Full Body Infrared Imaging?
There are internationally accepted protocols for imaging every region of the body. A properly trained technician with a high quality infrared device can take quality images of each position of each region of the body. A study will consist of 25-30 relatively close images of the head, neck, chest, breast, abdomen, back, upper and lower extremities. The patient is never touched and has more privacy. The high resolution digital images are transmitted to a trained medical specialist, who can provide an interpretation. Temperature measurement and observation of thermal patterns, represented by visual color contrast are part of the analysis process.
The referring physician can then add this to other tests, along with clinical observation, to discover the state of the patient’s health for prevention assessment and strategies.
What can Infrared Imaging “see”?
Medical Infrared Imaging is technology that detects energy in the form of minute changes in temperature to tenths of a degree Celsius. The blood is a supply line, transporting everything that the body needs to function efficiently. It is in constant metabolic movement, warming, oxygenating, carrying nutrients to every organ, removing waste, protecting and healing. When the body needs healing, it summons blood to the site, thus creating heat.
Sometimes, if a specific organ is in distress, even mild distress, blood will be automatically re-directed from the surface to supply extra nutrient to the organ. This can create cool area on the skin. Because there is a map of the area of the skin that is directly related to each specific organ, it is possible, due to a cooler area on the skin, to identify a potential problem. Thermography is not diagnostic for any specific disease, but it can alert the thermal observer to investigate further.
So patterns, whether they represent expected, warmer or cooler temperatures are valuable information to anyone who is knowledgeable about thermal physiology.
Thermography has great potential in sports medicine to prevent serious injury. Blood profusion, which is a functional response, even to minor injury can alert the athlete, trainer or physician to a potential major problem if it is not addressed before the injury becomes a major issue.
The skin not only protects us from the outside world, but it is a functioning endocrine organ on its own! It produces all hormones and communicates with all organs and biologic processes in the body. How perfect that we are observing the skin and its response to hormonal and other endocrine processes. It is the body’s ultimate communication with the outside world, all there for us to observe with our infrared camera!
The more we use infrared imaging, the more we learn and discover! This is merely a brief overview, but we believe this should provide enough information for someone who is interested in living a long, healthy life, to consider a full body infrared imaging.
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