Second Opinion Magazine
Hands Down an Invaluable Tool
“Thermography: no-contact, non-invasive, painless, and zero radiation.”
That’s the verbal checklist I recite just prior to starting a digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) session to emphasize that the patient is in a safe space and that the procedure itself is completely safe. Hands down, thermography is an invaluable adjunct to mammography for women who monitor their breast health. But that’s not all! DITI is a valuable tool for many different health concerns and all kinds of bodies (even furry ones!).
Thermography is beneficial tool for gauging a woman’s health risk status by identifying symptoms related to estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue/insufficiency, thyroid dysfunction and hormone imbalance.
DITI prior to hormone treatment helps to evaluate any existing risk related to breast health, and then a waiting period post-treatment is required for the body to stabilize. For example, a woman who is receiving fertility hormone treatment needs to wait three months after the discontinuation of the treatment to have a breast screening. Likewise, a pregnant woman needs to wait three months after giving birth or three months after discontinuing breast-feeding to have a breast screening.
Though not yet approved for application with children, studies have shown thermography to be useful in identifying uniformity of a baby’s skin temperature in neonatal support systems, evaluating a child’s risk of Raynaud’s Syndrome, and pin-pointing the location of a fracture before an x-ray is taken. Before the age of 20, however, a child’s body is developing and changing rapidly, which eliminates the benefits of general screening. A physician’s referral is required to specify the reason for the imaging request.
Did you know that thermography is commonly used in the veterinary industry? The equine industry commonly uses DITI to identify the source of lameness in horses. DITI can help to identify areas of trauma or dysfunction of any warm-blooded animal. Unfortunately, because reptiles rely on the surrounding environment to regulate the temperature of their bodies, DITI has no benefit to them.
Thermography of Wisconsin is based in Eau Claire, WI, and provides a variety of thermographic screenings for people, including: a specific region of interest, women’s health check, immune system check, stress testing, half body, and full body screening.
Refer a new patient to Thermography of Wisconsin and receive $25 off your next thermography screening.