What is Thermography?

Thermography or Digital infrared thermal imaging is a test of physiology. Physiology is the function of the body as compared to anatomy which is the structure of the body. With thermography, we are looking at heat patterns on the skin and “thermatomes”. This is done with the aid of a sensitive infrared or thermal camera.

Breast thermography and full body thermography Los Angeles California

What kind of infrared camera do you use in your offices?
At The Breast Thermography Center, we use the Meditherm 2000™ which is an infrared camera made specifically for medical use. This highly sensitive camera is registered with the FDA and CE (Europe). Each image contains approximately 60,000 pixels and temperatures in each pixel are sensitive to 1/100 of a degree. The camera has a narrow range of 8 degrees which allows for greater sensitivity than a camera manufactured for general industrial purposes.

Are there special conditions required when using a medical infrared camera?
It is important that the images are taken in a room that is temperature controlled without natural light.
We require all our offices to offer these conditions.

Who takes the images with the camera?
At The Breast Thermography Center, our Certified Clinical Thermography Technicians have advanced training and certification. All our CCT’s are female with years of experience.

How long are medical thermography images saved?
All images are saved for a minimum of seven years. This allows for comparison of images over a long period of time. The basis of thermography is looking at change over time.

Who interprets the reports?
At The Breast Thermography Center, we work with Medical Doctors who are trained and certified as Thermologists. The Doctors use very sophisticated sensitive software to aid in the interpretation. We have found that using Medical Doctors who are HIPPA compliant, with quality control, and second opinion options to produce the most reliable reports for our patients.

Will I get a copy of my report?
You will receive an emailed PDF of the report and your images. The report is password protected for your privacy. Your Doctor will also receive an email upon your request. You will be able to keep your report and images on your computer for future access. If you prefer, in lieu of a PDF, we will print and mail you two copies of your report.

Thermograpy Report

How will I understand my report?
After you receive your report, we will give you a phone call to make sure you understand the breast thermography ratings and any other information.

For full thermography scans or partial body thermography scans, you will have the opportunity for an email review where your questions will be answered, and additional follow up recommendations will be made.

Below are links to full-text articles that we feel are particularly informative. We have additional references in our office and can provide citations upon request.

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Kulis T, Knezevic M, Karlovic K, Kolaric D, Antonini S, Kastelan. Infrared digital thermography of scrotum in early selection of progressive varicocele. Medical Hypotheses, 81 (2013) 544-546.

Makoto Oe, Rie Roselyne Yotsu, Hiromi Sanada, Takashi Nagase, Takeshi Tamaki. Screening for Osteomyelitis Using Thermography in Patients with Diabetic Foot. Ulcers, Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 284294.

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Kennedy D, Lee T, Seely D. A comparative review of thermography as a breast screening technique. Integr Cancer Ther. March 2009. Vol. 8 No. 1: 9-16.

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Amalu W. A Review of Breast Thermography. International Academy of Clinical Thermography. 2002.

Warashina H, Hasegawa Y, Tsuchiya H, Kitimura S, Yamauchi K-I, Torii Y, Kawasaki M, Sakano S. Clinical, radiographic, and thermographic assessment of osteoarthritis in the knee joints. Ann Rheum Dis. 2002; 61:852-854.

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