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What is Thermography?

Thermography, also known as digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), is a painless, non-invasive, state of the art clinical imaging test conducted without any exposure to radiation.

The advantages of DITI are:

  • Non-invasive
  • No radiation
  • Painless
  • No contact with the body
  • FDA registered
Virginia Thermography exam room

Thermography can be used for any region of the body where there is pain, inflammation or other physiological problems. It helps to find the cause of these types of problems. A full body scan can also be done. Thermography can be useful in detecting many conditions.

Thermography testing also offers the opportunity for earlier detection of changes in breast physiology than has been possible through breast examination, doctor examination, or mammography alone.

Thermography is a non-invasive imaging technique that converts infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color. The spectrum of colors indicate an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface.

Medical Thermography can graphically display and record the subjective feeling of pain by objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that are produced by pain states.

The patient is welcomed to the practice and given a robe or breast cape to disrobe down to underpants. This allows for the body to acclimatize to the ambient temperature of the room before imaging begins. Once the patient has disrobed, the process is explained and questions are answered. Patient then completes intake questionnaire and the HIPPA (patient privacy) forms to sign.

A full explanation is given before the imaging is started so that the patient understands what is going to take place. The patient is reassured that there is no radiation, no contact with the body and that nothing will be felt.

The test will involve a number of views being taken, each view only takes a couple of seconds, so the whole exam will be completed in a few minutes.

The test is just like having your photograph taken, a thermographer focuses the scanner and takes an image which is saved onto the computer to be sent to a doctor for interpretation and reporting. The written report including images will be provided within one week.

Your report will contain useful information relating to your physiological status (or function of the body). The interpreting doctor will identify any significant findings that relate to your symptoms and history and give an opinion that will help your treating doctor or healthcare practitioner.