What is Thermography and How Can It Help Me?

Thermal Scans (or thermography) are digital pictures taken with an infrared camera that show heat patterns in the body. These thermal images look at blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetries, which can assess pain and dysfunction anywhere in the body, or act as early warning signs for breast cancer long before you can feel a lump. Studies have shown that when thermography is added to a women’s regular breast check-ups patients experience a 61% increased survival rate.  Breast cancers in their earliest stages, as well as inflammatory breast cancers, may not be detected using mammography. Being able to see vascular changes in the breast tissue, in some cases 8 to 10 YEARS before a mammogram, can detect the problem and allow for early treatment options. Early detection opens the door for alternative routes to healing and the potential avoidance of invasive, painful and toxic treatments such as mastectomies, radiation, and the years to follow on prescription drugs with sickening side effects. Thermography is effective as a preventive tool is because it can detect the potential for cancer by displaying the blood supply that may be developing to feed a tumor.  Further, it can identify formed cancers at a far earlier stage than a mammogram because again, thermography is looking for the vascular patterns, instead of the tumor itself. Essentially, it detects areas of high inflammation, which can be viewed as a “hot-spot” with cancerous potential.


Breast screening using thermography is ideal for women with dense, small, large or sensitive breasts, breast implants, and especially for women who have already lived through breast cancer or are monitoring cancer treatment.  The thorough series of imaging completed during a breast screening includes areas of the chest that cannot even be imaged by a mammogram including tissues closer to the armpit, sternum, and even the breast tissue on the rib cage.  If you are only using mammograms to monitor your breast health you may not be viewing the whole picture. These images give us a complete picture of breast health despite breast density or size.


Thermal Scans are also valuable in early detection of arthritis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, immune system dysfunction (including fibromyalgia), breast disease, and many other disorders. How will you know what the thermal patterns mean? Certain “bio-markers” reveal how efficiently your organs are functioning.  Your thermal patterns are assessed by standards set by doctors at Johns Hopkins University and your patterns can relate to the function of your heart, lungs, digestive system, colon, stomach, liver, gallbladder, thyroid, vascular system, muscles, bones, joints and breast health.  Thermal images give you the ability to “see” inflammation, nerve, and vascular changes that are invisible to x-ray and MRI.


Thermography is supported by 30 years of research and over 8,000 published medical studies.  Depending on the extent of the imaging, the procedure typically takes 15 to 45 minutes and requires no physical contact, there are no liquids to drink or dyes to inject, and it is 100% safe with no harmful radiation. It is FDA and AMA approved as an adjunctive diagnostic screening tool. The images taken and a full medical history are sent electronically to a medical interpreting company where board certified MD’s and Radiologists interpret the images, write a full medical report, and return the patient’s full thermal scan to the clinic within a week.


Wouldn’t you like to catch a disease before you are diagnosed with its advanced presence in the body and relegated to  a lifetime of combating an illness with drugs and surgery? Annual Thermal Scans allow you to map changes in the body’s heat patterns over time. This proactive preventative method of mapping alerts you to deviations from the norm, so you can make lifestyle changes that may improve your health before a disease develops, as well as consider better treatment options if disease is detected.


A patient of mine visited Thermal Body Scan NW concerned that a pain in her low back could be related to the kidney stones she had battled throughout her adult life.  Once the report was returned, we discovered her back pain was a slight joint degeneration, but more surprising was the indication of early heart disease, which runs in her family health history, and was an outcome she hadn’t even begun to consider. Thanks to her thermogram, we caught the condition before it became serious enough to force her into a lifetime of medication and the possibility of invasive surgery. Instead, she can work with her doctor on prevention and make healthy lifestyle choices including diet and exercise and continue to monitor her progress with thermography.


Do you know someone with an undiagnosed symptom? Does cancer, heart disease, arthritis, or diabetes run in your family? Sometimes despite our diligent efforts to live healthy, well-rounded lives, a lingering ache or annoying symptom can grow into a full blown disease. Those small nagging pains and discomforts aren’t going away. Even the healthiest of individuals can have something harmful brewing inside. Wouldn’t you like to take charge of your health and stay on the path of wellness?


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