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Clinical Application

Medical Thermography

BREAST HEALTH

Thermal imaging is an emerging noninvasive, non-contact technology that does not require intravenous contrast agents.  Thermal imaging is an adjunct that can be used in addition to clinical examination to detect temperature changes associated with vascular inflammation, blood clots, and other venous malformations.  

There are various methods for monitoring breast health. Breast Self-Exam (BSE), doctor examinations, and mammography are standard practices. Yet breast cancer continues to affect women all over the United States, partly because these methods are unable to detect cancer until it has become established enough to create a physical symptom, such as a lump.


Digital Infrared Breast Thermography, a sensitive, non-invasive method of effectively screening for early functional changes in breast tissue. Thermography is listed by the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services as an accepted diagnostic procedure for breast disease.
An infrared thermograph camera is used to take detailed measurements of skin temperature at a distance of five to eight feet. The thermograms are then analyzed for abnormalities or asymmetries that may be signs of disease in your body.

MUSCULOSKELETAL & SPORTS MEDICINE

Athletes are exposed to physical stress in training and during competition season. Overuse reactions and so-called “minor traumas” are very frequent; therefore, early detection is critical to avoid injuries. Research suggests that the most beneficial application of MIT is the screening of individuals for overuse injuries.

INFLAMMATION & PAIN ​

Human body distribution of temperature is widely affected by pathological abnormalities. Hence the recording of inflammation of the skin surface related with the core temperature distribution can provide essential information regarding the underlying physiological activities. The dissipation of inflammation from the skin surface is radiating in nature and lies in the infrared spectrum of light.

VASCULAR MEDICINE

Thermal imaging is an emerging noninvasive, non-contact technology that does not require intravenous contrast agents.  Thermal imaging is an adjunct that can be used in addition to clinical examination to detect temperature changes associated with vascular inflammation,blood clots, and other venous malformations.

[1] S. Bagavathiappan, et al., “Infrared thermal imaging for detection of peripheral vascular disorders,” Journal of medical physics/Association of Medical Physicists of India, vol. 34(1), 2009, pp. 43–47.