What is Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, or Thermography?
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), or Thermography, is the detection and study of heat patterns of the body. They help indicate normal or abnormal activity in the underlying tissue.
Why Use Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging?
Thermography will improve the effectiveness of your current screening methods. It is painless & safe.
Thermography has been approved by the FDA in the United States since 1982 for recording temperature readings of the human body.
Thermography can be a Biological Risk Indicator. Thermography of the Breast is a physiological test that assesses signs of disease development at the cellular stage.
Thermal imaging of the breast (or any other part of the body), is completely noninvasive, making it safe for all women, especially those requiring more frequent monitoring, or who cannot tolerate radiation exposure and/or are challenged by the extremely high levels of DNA damaging Alpha Particle radiation and the dangerous issues associated with compression of sensitive breast tissue.
Thermography examines areas of breast tissue in the upper chest, lymph and underarm areas that may not be part of some other screening protocols.
How does thermal imaging work?
The camera of choice used by Sunstate Thermal Imaging is specifically designed for thermal imaging of the human body in the clinic situation. The camera captures a thermal picture of body heat and displays the thermal patterns on a computer screen in the form of a digital image for analysis.
What happens is the cells of your body produce heat through their normal day to day activity. Abnormal and diseased cells usually produce much more heat in their early development and that is long before an anatomical marker, which can be seen by mammmography, can form.
Before the onset of most abnormal growth, suspect cells will stimulate new blood vessels to grow, reopen unused blood vessels and maintain those blood vessels already in use.
Some of these diseases build extensive network of blood vessels in the area it will begin to grow. Some diseases need more blood flow than normal cells to support their rapid growth. Very simply, where there is more blood, there is more heat. Thermal Imaging examiners take particular note of these “hot spots” which may often be early signs of abnormal activity. This activity has been shown to begin many years before anatomical change, and before any warning signs can be shown by most other screening methods.