Thermography for Early Detection
Sep 03, 2015 09:12PM
● By Jessica Schneider
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a noninvasive diagnostic technique where an infrared scanning device is used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are translated to a color image. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetry's can be easily identified.
Thermography is a painless, state of the art clinical test without any exposure to radiation and is used as part of an early detection program, which gives women of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease at an early stage. It is particularly useful for women under 50 where mammography is less effective.
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is especially appropriate for younger women between 30 and 50 whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to pick up suspicious lesions. This test can provide a 'clinical marker' to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.
Breast cancers tend to grow significantly faster in younger women under 50. In fact, the average time for a tumor to double in women under 50 is 80 days compared with 157 days for women from 50 to 70, and 188 days for women over 80.
The faster a malignant tumor grows, the more infrared radiation it generates. For younger women in particular, results from DITI screening can lead to earlier detection and, ultimately, longer life.
DITI is useful for, but not limited to, the diagnosis and evolution of epicondylitis, patellofemoral syndromes, ankle injuries, shin splints, stress fractures, myofascial pain syndromes, spinal pain syndromes, shoulder injuries, foot pain syndromes, and vascular disorders.
Since DITI is non-invasive, risk-free, and relatively portable, it is a very practical tool in the clinical setting and may be used in the sports medicine clinic, private practice or the training room to assess injury and make clinical decisions.
DITI not only helps confirm a diagnosis, but can be used as a gauge to clinically assess progress and treatment response.
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is available at For Your Health Thermal Imaging, LLC at 1375 North Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island. For more information, call 321-338-6355.