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Thermal Imaging is a harmless, painless, contactless screening tool for men, women and children and can be repeated as often as necessary. It uses a Thermal Imaging camera and digital infra-red heat map technology to see areas of inflammation. This is the pre-cursor to many chronic health issues and can pinpoint pain and injury sites, often before the symptoms appear. This could allow for rapid clinical diagnosis and treatment.
This clinical test is widely used in the USA and Europe and is supported by over 30 years of research and more than 8000 published medical studies.
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One of the areas where Thermal Imaging proves most popular is for breast health checks.
Mammograms and ultrasounds rely on mass and structure so generally will not pick up a tumour until it is a certain size, by which time it has likely to have been growing for several years.
Please be aware that Thermal Imaging alongside Mammography and Ultrasounds are not diagnostic tools, only blood tests and biopsies can do that. You may well be more at risk of breast health issues if you have dense breast tissue and screening by mammography alone could possibly be less effective for these women. Take a look at our Breast Density Matters UK facebook page.
“An excellent risk free screening. Thermography is a comfortable and non-invasive way to monitor health and see early indications on a number of conditions. Terri and Lisa are professional, friendly and helpful and I will definitely add thermographic imaging to my routine healthcare check ups” M.K. Kingston-Upon-Thames
What Exactly Is Thermal Imaging?
Thermal Imaging is a harmless, painless, contactless screening tool. The technology used in Thermal Imaging takes a picture and creates a map, or thermal fingerprint of the body, which can give you a visual guide to how your body is functioning.
How Does Thermal Imaging Work?
A camera is used to convert infrared imaging from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are shown in colour on a monitor. This visual image maps the body temperature and is referred to as a Thermogram. The spectrum of colours indicate an increase or decrease in the amount of heat being emitted from the surface of the body. Since the body is thermally symmetrical, any subtle abnormal differences in temperature are easily identified. Thermal Imaging is highly sensitive to variations in the vascular, muscular, neural and skeletal systems and can contribute valuable information to help toward a diagnosis made by a doctor. Because Thermal Imaging shows active inflammation and increased blood supply, very often it can see problems earlier than other tools such as x-rays, ultrasound and mammograms. It is well documented in medicine that heat and temperature changes are one of the first indicators of disease and dysfunction in the body. For example, chronic diseases, even in their earliest stages, cause the formation of new blood vessels and an increase in surface temperature in the affected regions. Changes in physiology can occur seven to ten years before anatomic ones. Thermal imaging picks up on the physiological heat changes occurring in the body and monitors them over time, allowing a detailed picture of your health and any changes, to be built up. This knowledge puts you in control and allows you the opportunity of taking preventative action.
Why Do I Need It?
Early stage diagnosis and treatment is crucial for many diseases. It allows for more proactive and less invasive treatment options to be implemented. Early detection of disease and injury also allows for faster recovery. Thermal imaging can also pinpoint and highlight sites of unexplained pain and trauma in the body. This could help towards a more rapid and accurate diagnosis in athletes of pain and trauma sites that other screening devices may miss.
How Safe and Effective Is Thermal Imaging?
Thermal Imaging is 100% safe. It uses no ionising radiation and moreover, there are no side effects. It is suitable for all ages – even young children and babies. Thermal imaging is an adjunctive test, which contributes to the process of differential diagnosis, and is not independently diagnostic of pathology. Breast thermography screening is an adjunctive test to mammography, ultrasound and MRI. It is a specialised physiological test designed to detect angiogenesis, hyperthermia from nitric oxide, oestrogen dominance, lymph abnormality and inflammatory processes including inflammatory breast disease, all of which cannot be detected with structural tests. Follow-up and interval screening of less than 12 months should be determined by the patient’s healthcare professional as considered appropriate. Breast thermography is a way of monitoring breast health over time.
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