Non-Invasive, Easy, Quick, Reliable
Medical Thermography offers women of all ages the opportunity to have a first line breast health check with a difference.
Breast Thermography is especially interested in finding subtle changes in the breast temperatures, which helps us build a picture over time of your breast health. Temperature changes may be due to changes in hormones, inflammation or an early pointer that something is going on.
Your first breast screening consists of 2 screenings. This initial breast screening is done in 2 parts, because in this way a stable baseline can be established. Each woman's breasts anatomy are different, like a finger print and it is important to know what is normal for you to be able to make a proper assessment.
The second part of the screening is done approx. 3 to 4 months after the first screening. Comparing the first screening with the second after this time will give a good stable record of your breast health for future thermal referrence.
Thermography does not only tries to identify a change in blood supply around the breasts / chest /armpits and upper back, it also visualises all types of breast health issues, like inflammations, hormonal and fibrocystic activity (lumpy breasts), the latter being the most common complaint in women.
The appointment for the first screening takes 1 hour. The follow up screening only takes approx. 30 minutes. The actual screening itself takes about 5 minutes, the rest of the time is for the case-taking and the acclamatising of the body to the room, so it is optimally prepared for the screening.
Because the images are immediately visible on the computer screen, we can have a look at them together before the end of the appointment and gives you an opportunity to ask questions.
Your medical information and images are sent off by email to a professional medical interpretation service, where qualified medical doctors, trained in thermology, will analyse all the data. Once returned to me, I then send it to you with some further explanations and you can keep your information for any future reference.
If the thermographic results raise any concerns, an additional screening test may be advised like an ultrasound or mammogram, to clarify what the condition is likely to be. A biopsy could be ordered to rule out malignancy.
Solely on the basis of a mammogram or thermogram, no diagnosis can be made. It is the combination of thermography with other procedures which contributes to a more accurate diagnosis and the early, concise treatment in case of disease.
The value of thermography as a screening tool is the non-invasive nature of the test and the unique ability to accurately measure skin temperature changes. As such, it detects even the most subtle thermal changes that, although not independently diagnostic, may precede anatomical findings by years and prompt early investigation and prevention. As there is no single known test capable of monitoring all complex disease symptoms, it is advisable to monitor with additional testing such as ultrasound, MRI, mammography or other testing as recommended by the patient’s personal.
A negative thermogram does not rule disease. Non are diagnostic, a biopsy is.
Medical Thermography has however proven itself as a safe early-risk marker for breast disease and is an excellent method for monitoring treatment results. By starting a monitoring routine early - especially in the group of younger women who are not yet offered conventional mammography - you can accurately monitor this group for breast disease.
General Health Screening and Pain Detection
Thermography is not only important in the detection of breast disease, but also is an unmissable tool in pain detection.
Thermography has been extensively used in the horse racing industry for many years to help determine if a horse is fit to race after an injury. Fortunately for the owner, DITI can clearly show what the progress of healing is, so that the right decision can be made regarding its treatment.
Over thirty years of clinical use and more than 8,000 peer-reviewed studies in the medical literature have established thermography as a safe and effective research tool with means to examine the human body (1-10). It is completely non-invasive, and as such, does not require the use of radiation or other potentially harmful elements.
In humans it can detect areas of inflammation and infections, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or fever; slow healing after surgery; soft tissue injuries; nerve damage (RDS, Bell's Palsy); deep varicose veins; frozen shoulder; numbness and tingling in hands and feet; diabetic ulcers of the feet and legs.
Medical research has shown thermography to be helpful in the diagnosis of (14-33):
Nervous System Disorders
Metabolic Disorders, including Diabetes and Inflammation
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Headaches, Neck and Back Problems
Soft Tissue Injuries among others
In some cases, thermography findings are the first observations of a problem in th emaking before symptoms occur. An example is the detection of diabetic foot ulcers before they have come to the surface.
With others, thermography may reveal the true cause of their symptoms, so that more effective treatment can be administered. However, it should be noted that thermography does not, in any way suggest a diagnosis and/or treatment.
The appointment for a half body takes around 1 hour and for a full body 1 hour and 30 minutes, of which only about 10 - 20 minutes is needed for the actual screening itself. The rest of the time is for the case-taking and for the body to acclimatise to the room temperature, so it is optimally prepared for the screening.
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