We are often asked what inspired us to start a thermal imaging business. Truthfully, it has been our own personal desire for prevention and wellness that piqued our interest in providing this technology to our clients.
Although we have been doing thermal imaging for many years, we sometimes
receive a phone call from either an existing client or a potential new client
asking if thermal imaging would be indicated for an unusual or unfamiliar
In an effort to represent thermography accurately, we
rely on our doctors to guide us when we are unsure.
Below are several examples (some with images) of some unfamiliar situations
that required us to contact our interpreting physicians to ask if thermal
imaging would offer additional information for these situations:
husband doesn't want to have a prostate exam and would like to know if
thermography would be a good tool for evaluating prostate health? Would a
thermographic scan help us evaluate prostate health?
Sorry gentlemen, thermography would NOT be indicated to evaluate prostate
health. By the time we would be able to detect a significant finding
thermographically, it would have been picked up years prior in an annual PSA
test and/or by rectal digit exam. Our medical thermologists will not evaluate
any requests for evaluation of prostate health.
My 32 year-old son was recently diagnosed
with testicular cancer. We are devastated regarding this diagnosis as he is
facing an impending orchiectomy. We are wondering if this diagnosis is accurate
and perhaps this is just an infection. Would a testicular scan help us determine
if this is an infection versus a developing cancer?
We cannot evaluate testicular health. Although the testicles lie outside the
body, they are surrounded and protected by the scrotum and thus any scans of the
testicles would really be an evaluation of scrotal health, not testicular
health. Talk to your health practitioner to try to alleviate your concerns. If
you are uncomfortable with his current diagnosis, request a second opinion if
this won't delay his surgery or potentially compromise his prognosis. Ask about
any blood tests that could help distinguish between an infection versus a more
I had a root canal two weeks ago and still
am having lots of pain. If we did a thermogram, could we look to see if there's
an infection? Will it be able to tell the difference between an infection and
the normal healing process after a root canal?
Thermal studies are useful to monitor the healing process or identify ongoing
infection. Thermography will correlate symptoms of pain with the thermal
findings and give an opinion that can help with clinical decision-making.
Above: Client wanted to use DITI to monitor healing from dental
procedures and images provided her with visual representations of her healing
I had cancer several years ago and I want
to do a full-body scan to see if there is evidence of cancer anywhere in my
body. Can we do a full-body scan to look for recurrence of
Thermography has a high sensitivity and low specificity. Using thermal
imaging as a tool for looking for cancer throughout the body is not indicated.
Diagnostic tools that can help you determine reoccurrence of cancer may be a PET
scan, MRI and cancer markers seen in the blood (CA 125, CA 19-9, etc).
Remember, DITI is used to watch for changes over time and not so much as a
detection device. Once a full body scan is on file, annual imaging to monitor
for new findings, increase/decrease in inflammation and determine trends is how
to use this technology. Attempting to use DITI as a detection tool puts this
technology in a different category and that leads to misuse and misunderstanding
of this preventive screening technology.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with HPV. I want
to do a thermogram to look for activity of the virus and/or progression of the
infection. Can we look to see if this is leading to other urogenital (cervical,
vaginal, etc) cancers?
Thermography can help provide objective findings relating to the activity and
inflammation relating to an outbreak but would not be specific enough to
contribute useful information about other associated or developing
Can we do an abdominal scan to look at
cervical, uterine and ovarian health?
Regional studies that include the lower abdomen can be helpful in identifying
inflammation and infection and other causes of dysfunction relating to the
cervix, uterus and ovaries. In most cases clinical correlation will be necessary
to reach a diagnosis and again, watching for changes over time offers the best
chance of early warning signs allowing for early intervention.
I hurt my shoulder about two months ago.
It's not painful when I perform my daily living activities (dressing, showering,
etc) but do find it painful to reach upward. I can tolerate this but now I'm
wondering if I am causing more damage. Can a thermal scan tell me if there's a
tear (rotator cuff, tendon, ligament, etc) in my shoulder?
Yes, thermography can tell if there are any positive findings to indicate
joint related, ligament, muscular or other types of dysfunction which require
clinical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment.
I have a nodule on my thyroid. Can this
test tell me if I have thyroid cancer?
Thermography is not diagnostic, however it can show useful thermal findings
that correlate with a nodule and provide information relating to the activity of
the nodule which is useful in the decision-making of diagnosis and
My daughter has a brain tumor and had
surgery and has undergone radiation therapy. Can a thermal scan tell us if
there is a recurrence of the tumor before she is symptomatic?
No, thermal imaging does not provide any useful information in the case of
brain tumors or the monitoring for recurrence.
Heart disease and
peripheral vascular disease seems to be prevalent in my family. I am a 35
year-old male and I have high blood pressure. My twin sister and I would like
to come for thermographic evaluation of cardiopulmonary health or evidence of
early heart disease. Would this be beneficial? Would it be helpful to do
whole-body imaging? Would it be most-beneficial to do this every year or could
we come every other year?
Above: Client with elevated Cardiac
Reactive Protein (CRP), an early risk indication
Above: Patient with asymmetrical
finding in carotid artery detected with
are useful thermal findings that can indicate developing cardiovascular
Regular screening provides the best opportunity of detecting changes
at an early stage. The region's best suited to evaluate cardiovascular disease
include the chest, upper back and head and neck images. A full body study is
always helpful in assessing peripheral circulatory conditions and other
associated problems. The decision regarding ongoing annual screening or waiting
longer periods would be made after the first study and results combined with
individual history and symptoms.
thermography is a promising technique for the detection of Coronary Artery
Disease (CAD) before and after revascularization."
(Am J Cardiol 1993; 72: 894-896) Summary: Detection of thermal asymmetry showed
94% sensitivity for the presence of significant CAD.
will always do our best to represent thermography accurately, and never hesitate
to admit to what we do not know or understand and ask for help and guidance from
our reading thermologists (MDs) when needed.
does not take the place of any other technology, but it is the ONLY imaging that
monitors the following: trends relating to inflammation, new findings in areas
that should be stable, increase/decrease of inflammation which helps monitor
healing/treatment response and allows for early interventions in an attempt to
stop disease progression. All other technologies offer detection AFTER disease
has been present for many years. At Proactive Health Solutions, we encourage
intervention BEFORE symptoms are present, thereby offering the patient the
opportunity to optimize health.