Clinical Thermography, otherwise known as Digital Infrared Imaging (DII), is based on a careful analysis of skin and tissue temperatures. It is a diagnostic procedure that allows practitioners to see where there is abnormal chemical and blood vessel activity in body tissue.
Digital infrared imaging scans show function, physiology and metabolism of tissues in the body. With each scan, an image is formed which is evaluated for signs of possible disease or injury. Research has established normal values for the distribution of heat in each region of the body. Variations from these normal values are measured and correlated with suspected injuries or diseases in the same way a blood or urine laboratory study is interpreted.
The use of Thermographic Imaging is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in inflamed or irregular tissue is different than that of normal tissue. Thermography uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared camera and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of temperature variations in these tissues. Because of the extreme sensitivity of Thermography, these temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of tissue irregularity.
Is Thermography Safe?
Over thirty years of clinical use and more than 8,000 peer-reviewed studies in medical literature have established thermography as a safe and effective means to examine the human body. It is FDA approved in the United States since 1982 and has been used there and in Europe for over twenty years.
Thermography is a non-invasive test. It simply creates an image of your body by measuring your heat. There is no contact of any kind, nor is there any pain or radiation.