At Vibrant Life Health center thermography is an integrative health resource providing thermographic imaging services to the Jacksonville and surrounding communities. We are unique in that our studies are interpreted by board certified radiologists with extensive experience in general diagnostic imaging as well as sub-specialty expertise in breast imaging. Thermography, also known as Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), is a non-invasive, painless screening technique that demonstrates thermal patterns present on the skin that may be indicative of internal dysfunction. There is no radiation or breast compression. Having a thermogram is as simple (and safe) as having your picture taken.
Thermography, or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), aids in the detection and monitoring of many types of diseases and physical injury. One of thermography’s most common applications is in breast cancer screening. There is ongoing controversy over screening mammography. Thermography, however, is not a replacement for mammography. It is FDA approved as an adjunct to mammography, not a stand-alone test. We believe that mammography and thermography are complementary studies, and allow a integrative approach to breast screening.
Thermography can be particularly helpful in women who have dense breasts. This dense normal tissue decreases the sensitivity of mammography but has no impact on thermographic imaging. In fact, a recent study found that the sensitivity of mammography for women with dense breasts is as low as 31%. Cancer detection rates are as high as 98% in women who take advantage of both thermography and mammography. Using an approach that looks at tissue activity is another dimension and Piece of Mind which are crucial elements of preventative health!
Screening Other Conditions:
There are a host of indications for medical DITI other than monitoring breast health. DITI can assist in the diagnosis and evaluation of a large number of injuries and conditions. Many people undergo periodic whole-body screening because of thermography’s ability to detect conditions and diseases before they become apparent on standard diagnostic tests. Any individual with unexplained pain can also benefit from a DITI scan. Thermal changes are often the earliest sign of vascular disease, immune dysfunction, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction. It is also the earliest indication of systemic inflammation, a precursor to many diseases—including cancer.
In addition to breast screening, Thermography can be used as an aid in diagnosis or monitoring treatment for the following conditions:
Dental and periodontal disease
Vascular disease (including occlusive disease, deep venous thrombosis)
Identification of myofascial trigger points and tender points
Monitoring the effects of Therapeutics
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
There are many other applications of thermography, and your healthcare provider can help you determine if thermography will be beneficial for you.