Thermography is a technique for detecting and measuring variations in the heat emitted by various regions of the body and transforming them into visible signals that can be recorded photographically for aiding in the recognition of abnormal underlying conditions.
Inflammatory responses and inflammation–associated diseases that create a thermal pattern are globally recognized as the number one health issue in the world.
General Questions and Answers:
What is DITI?
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, or DITI, is a totally non-invasive, painless procedure with no radiation and no contact with the body. DITI is a clinical imaging technique that records the thermal patterns of your body. Your thermal images are used by your healthcare practitioner to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of your body.
What is thermal imaging used for?
-To help in determining the cause of pain.
-To aid in the early detection of inflammation.
-To evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury.
-To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition.
-To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing.
-To follow progress of healing and rehabilitation.
Is thermal imaging FDA registered?
Yes. It was FDA registered in 1982.
Is thermal imaging FDA approved?
Yes. it is FDA approved as an adjunct screening to Breast Mammography.
Is thermal imaging covered by insurance?
Some insurance carriers cover thermal imaging. Please check with your individual carrier.
What parts of the body can be scanned?
Thermal images can be taken of the whole body, or individual regions including breast, head, arm, leg, torso, etc. A lumbar assessment would typically include, low back, pelvis, and legs. A cervical assessment would typically include, head and neck, upper trunk, and arms.
What happens when I have a thermal scan taken?
A thermal scan takes approximately 10 — 60 minutes depending on which part of the body is being scanned. You will remove all jewelry and clothes from the part of the body being scanned (for full body scans you leave underpants on), and will be asked to wear a surgical gown. For a breast scan, you will be ask to disrobe from the waist up.
Which certification should a thermographer have to perform this exam?
Our Thermographers hold certification from an AAT with approved code of ethics and practice protocols that include quality control guidelines.