FAQs Medical Thermography

What is Medical Thermography?

How does it apply to breast health?

What else can be seen on a report?

Is it safe?

What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?

Who should do thermography?

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

Is “cold stress” needed? What is “cold stressing”? Do I really need to do that?

Where have your thermography teechnicians been certified?

Who reads the images and reports?

How quickly will I get my report back?

What is the difference between grayscale and color thermograms?

What is the difference between high definition thermography and other types ?

Why do I need to come back in three months for another breast study ?

What is Medical Thermography or DITI?

DITI stands for Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging.  

Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging, or more commonly known as Thermography, which is a non-invasive test that uses a infrared camera to measure and pinpoint abnormal thermal changes within the body, which can indicate early stage breast cancer and numerous physiological problems. The camera gauges body tissue heat energy that is reflected on a high-speed computer for imaging. Generally, problem areas show high temperatures due to increased blood flow and increased metabolic activity. The scan is harmless, non-invasive, no radiation, economical, FDA approved technology, and requires only a minimal amount of your time. HealthSCAN has helped many patients get to the cause of their condition so that proper treatment can be rendered.

Medical DITI, or thermography, is a non-invasive progressive diagnostic technique that may detect body changes including tumors before they show up on conventional test methods or be used in combination with conventional test methods for additional accuracy.

Usually abnormal cells are hotter because a malignant tissue mass needs an increased blood supply to feed their rapid growth.  They produce a chemical that makes new blood vessels grow. This is called angiogenesis (angio means blood vessel, genesis means creation).

A digital infrared imaging scan shows the heat difference between normal body tissue and problem areas. In scientific terms, the normal breast tissue acts as the control against which any hot areas are compared.

Not all malignancies are hypervascular; that is, a small number do not show increased blood supply. Unless there are other signs, a thermography scan will not detect a non-hypervascular malignancy.

Many tumor cells need increased vascularity to grow create angiogenisis or It’s method detects areas of tumor sites where there is increased vasularity.

A digital infrared imaging scan provides the earliest evidence of  body disease. The sensitivity rate is 90%. This means in 90% of cases, the scan accurately indicates a presence or absence of disease. Digital infrared imaging has a 10% false positive rate; in 10% of cases the results may suggest disease where there is none.

How does it apply to breast health?

Progressive breast health is about prevention.  It is recommended annually for every woman to have:

Hormone Testing to detect early hormone imbalance or  , estrogen dominance which increases the risk for fibrocystic breasts, tumors, endometreosis and ovarian cancer.

What else can be seen on a report?

The test method will also show areas of inflammation ie arthritis, myofacial pain and vascular changes.

Is it safe?

Yes, thermography is just as safe and painless as having your photograph taken.  Infrared scanning (or thermography) uses no radiation or compression of the body. The procedure is painless, completely safe, and FDA approved technology.

Unlike most diagnostic modalities DITI is non-invasive. We do not need to come in contact with the patient whatsoever.

Medical DITI can offer considerable financial savings by avoiding the need for more expensive investigations.

Medical DITI can graphically display the very subjective feeling of pain by objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that accompany pain levels.

What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?

On the day of the appointment

Please follow these guidelines before your appointment

Please refrain from the following activities on the day or your appointment

  • physical therapy
  • massage
  • electromyography
  • chiropractic adjustments
  • Do not smoke for 2 hours before the test
  • Do not use lotions, deodorants, or liniments on day of test
  • Stay out of strong sunlight on the day of test (no tanning)
  • Try to wear loose clothing

There are no dietary or medication restrictions on the day of your scan
IMPORTANT! .
If you develop a fever the day of or day before your visit please call our center to reschedule your visit

Who should do thermography?

  • Women who want to take a pro-active approach to their health find great value in the additional information provided by Breast Thermography.
  • Women who have had inconclusive mammograms or physical breast examinations find that Breast Thermography can help to clarify these tests, thus enabling woman to better manage their breast health.
  • Women with dense fibrocystic breasts, where mammography is of little value, will benefit from thermographic monitoring.
  • Young women – Breast Thermography can be safely performed on young or pregnant women.
  • In addition, early breast exams can provide a valuable baseline form which to measure future breast health and potential risk factors.
  • Men and women that have unexplainable pain that has not been able to be diagnosed.
  • Older people who are worried about aging

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

While some insurances are beginning to cover this procedure, some still do not. We recommend checking with your individual insurance provider for a better understanding of your coverage.

Is “cold stress” needed? What is “cold stressing”?
Do I really need to do that?

Cold stressing is a test to measure sympathetic function, It is a useful test for a number of conditions including RSD (CRPS). Protocols used with the Meditherm system for breast screening do not require routine cold stressing but it may be requested by a referring physician or reading thermologist.

Where have your thermography technicians been certified?

Thermography technicians are trained and certified by the American College of Clinical Thermography associated with Duke University Medical Center.   

Who reads the images and reports?

Images are sent to an interpretation service who employ medical doctors who are all board certified as thermologists.  These doctors have many years experience and are able to ask for second opinions whenever necessary.

How quickly will I get my report back?

Reports are normally ready within 72 hours. You may collect your report when it is ready or allow for mailing time. If you need your report within 24 hours you can pay an ‘urgent’ fee

What is the difference between grayscale and color thermograms?

Nowadays there is no difference in resolution between color and grayscale with modern digitized images. When images were viewed on an old TV screen, it took three phosphors on the cathode ray tube to make one color dot….. it only takes one phosphor to make a shade of grey, the resolution in black and white therefore, would be three times greater than it was in color.

What is the difference between high definition thermography and other types ?

Just about all modern cameras provide high-definition images.  The ‘definition’ of a thermogram relates to how many individual temperature measurements are taken to build the image. The actual definition is not as important as how accurate and sensitive those temperature measurements are. The higher the definition, the better the picture will look but this does not mean that the accuracy is any better.
Describing a thermogram as ‘high definition’ maybe confusing and misleading as most so-called high-definition images are produced by software manipulation of the data.
Low definition would be considered below 160 x 120 pixels. Industry standard is between 160 x 120 up to  320 x 240 pixels. High-definition would be considered above this and can be as high as 640 x 512 pixels.

Why do I need to come back in three months for another body or breast study ?

The most accurate result we can produce is change over time. Before we can start to evaluate any changes, we need to establish an accurate and stable baseline for you. This baseline represents your unique thermal fingerprint, which will only be altered by developing pathology. A baseline cannot be established with only one study, as we would have no way of knowing if this is your normal pattern or if it is actually changing at the time of the first exam. By comparing two studies three months apart we are able to judge if your breast physiology is stable and suitable to be used as your normal baseline and safe for continued annual screening.
The reason a three-month interval is used relates to the period of time it takes for blood vessels to show change…… a period of time less than three months may miss significant change…….. a period of time much more than three months can miss significant change that may have already taken place.
There is NO substitute for establishing an accurate baseline. A single study cannot do this.