What is Thermography... Really?

Thermography is different than other imaging modalities

You may say, “I have a digital camera. What’s the difference?”

The difference between the digital camera that you have and the one used in a thermography study is that your camera captures energy in the visible light portion of the energy spectrum. The thermal camera captures energy in the Infrared, or heat portion of the energy spectrum.

Humans are heat emitting bodies. The science, study, and interpretation of skin temperature patterns is known as Thermology. The process of mapping those patterns is called Medical Thermography.

What Thermography Sees

  • Red patterns may indicate possible inflammation
  • Green indicates normal skin surface temperature
  • Blue patterns indicate cool areas
  • Patterns of color may indicate how your body is functioning
  • Thermography is 100% safe. It is non-invasive and imparts no energy to the person being imaged.

“Color can also indicate a lack of oxygen, trauma, exposure to chemicals, radiation, hot and cold conditions, embarrassment and stress.”

  • IAMT Certified Thermographers use High Resolution Digital Thermal Imaging cameras to capture temerature patterns.
  • You simply sit or stand in front of an Infrared camera and your Thermographer captures images of the heat patterns on the surface of your skin.
  • Your images are sent to a medical doctor for interpretation and a report is sent to you.
  • Your dignity and privacy are always respected.

Are you thinking “only the skin?” Here’s the good news about the skin:

“The skin is like 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 skin has the information; thermography functions as the monitor, measuring and evaluating the metabolic signals and telling the story as it happens.”

Dr. Carol Chandler DOM, CCT

The FDA accepts the following indications for use: “Thermography is intended for use as an adjunct to other clinical diagnostic procedures for quantifying and screening of differences in skin surface temperature changes.” Simple and so complete… It covers the whole body.

  1. Thermography is not a stand-alone diagnostic tool. (thank goodness… there should always be more than one test for any diagnosis).
  2. Thermography can be used with any other unspecified tests. That could be x-ray, mammogram, MRI, CT, etc. In fact, because the FDA identifies thermography as an adjunct to mammography, anyone who has ever had a mammogram should also have a thermogram!
  3. Thermography analyses skin temperature changes on the surface of the body.