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About Thermal Imaging

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging is a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting & monitoring a number of diseases & physical injuries by showing thermal abnormalities present in the body.  Think thermography first.  Often the use of Medical DITI as an initial diagnostic tool can result in considerable financial savings by avoiding the need for more expensive and invasive investigations. 

Medical DITI enables the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. An infrared scanning device is used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color on a monitor. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries indicating pathology or dysfunction can be easily identified.

Skin blood flow is under the control of the sympathetic nervous system. In healthy individuals, there is a symmetrical dermal pattern which is consistent and reproducible for any individual. This is recorded in precise detail by our medical grade FDA registered screening equipment designed and manufactured specifically for clinical application with a temperature sensitivity of 0.01°C.

The neuro-thermography application of DITI measures the somatic component of the sympathetic nervous system by assessing dermal blood flow. The sympathetic nervous system is stimulated at the same anatomical location as its sensory counterpart and produces a somato sympathetic response.   The somato sympathetic response appears on DITI as a localized area of altered temperature with specific features for each anatomical lesion.

Pathology is generally an inflammatory process, i.e. synovitis of joints and tendon sheaths, epicondylitis, capsular and muscle injuries, etc. However nerve injuries or vascular conditions such as Raynaud’s Syndrome, Limb Ischemia, and DVT may create hypothermic or “cold” patterns.  These hot and cold responses may co-exist if the pain associated with an inflammatory focus excites an increase in sympathetic activity.

Thermography has a proven success rate of assisting those who have suffered from unexplained pain with no definitive answer from other diagnostic modalities.  Thermograms are graphic visualizations of your pain, whether it is a stress fracture previously undetected by radiographs, neck or back pain due to nerve entrapment, or undiagnosed pain due to DVT or infection. 

We can help you plan for better breast health by establishing a baseline early on of your normal thermal patterns so that any changes, no matter how subtle can be readily and easily detected years before self-breast examination, physician breast examination and mammography alone.  This early detection saves lives and allows you and your physician to work out the best treatment plan for you.

Preventative medicine is not limited to breast disease alone.  Routine baseline imaging can also screen for artery inflammation, disc disease, stroke and digestive disorders.

Results obtained with medical DITI systems are totally objective and show excellent correlation with other diagnostic tests.  All scans are performed by Certified Clinical Thermographers, and all results and images are interpreted and reported by Board Certified MD Thermologists.

Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging & Ultrasound, LLC provides a professional medical thermal and diagnostic sonography service to those wishing to be proactive in their own health and well-being.  Referrals are also accepted from physicians, chiropractors, dentists and other health care professionals.