Thermography – A Non-Radiation Diagnostic Tool
Dr. Peter Leando discusses Thermal Imaging. No radiation, doesn’t touch the body, useful tool that can do no harm and only help diagnose by identifying inflammation or low function. Inflammation is a precursor to many diseases, such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. And here’s some good news: early detection of inflammation may help you prevent many negative health conditions from developing. Thermal imaging, or thermography, creates a digital map of your body that illustrates heat patterns — patterns that may detect some condition or abnormality. It uses a scanning-type infrared camera that measures your body surface temperature, presenting the information as a digitized image. These thermal images (called thermograms) are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in your body. Additionally, since your body is thermally symmetrical if normal, thermal asymmetries can indicate problems.
While x-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, and MRI scans are all tests of “anatomy” that measure structures of your body, thermography is unique in its ability to measure your physiological changes and metabolic processes. Early stage disease detection is another area in which thermography excels. For instance, heart disease prevention, Arthritis, Back Pain, Sinus Issues. Thermography screenings can assess heart function and detect inflammation in the carotid arteries (which may be a precursor to stroke and blood clots). When inflammation and/or occlusion of the carotid is visible, your doctor may do additional testing. Earlier detection of a heart problem may save your life.
Measuring inflammation through thermal imaging is a proactive, preventative method you can use for detecting disease, which significantly improves your chances for longevity and good health.
Listen to this radio show for the answer to these questions:
1) Can you explain to our listeners – what is thermography?
2) What are the different types of tests?
3) What do you mean by physiology and function vs. structural?
4) What are the main benefits of Thermography?
5) If there is no radiation, and the unit doesn’t touch the patient and no risk to the patient – Why aren’t more doctors using it?
6) Does thermography take the place of xrays, MRI, catscans, Mamograms Sonograms, etc?
7) I remember being in a airport, there was a large screen and the entire group of people that were standing in front of the screen could see themselves in a real-time thermal image – it looked like red and green and blue colorized images. What was the purpose of that thermal imaging?
8) How can Thermography be used for early screening of Strokes, Thyroid, Heart disease?
9) How is it used to help locate the cause of difficult to diagnose pain?
10) Many patients that have had root canals often talk to me about removing a tooth because they are concerned that a root canal treated tooth can be a source of infection that can affect other parts of the body. What role can Thermography play regarding dentistry?
Dr. Peter Leando