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What is Medical Thermography?
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging is a unique technology that takes a picture and creates a map of the temperature patterns of the body. It helps illustrate your body’s physiology such as active inflammation or angiogenesis (increased blood supply as found in disease). It can detect early danger signs found in the body years before other screening tools. And it has been shown to be effective in finding early signs of breast disease up to 8 years before mammography may detect it.
Thermography is useful in detecting:
Inflammation – early detection of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Fibromyalgia or trauma such as strains, sprains or chronic pain
Neovascularity – early vascularity can be detected well before any anatomical changes occur
Circulation – circulatory deficits are easily seen in thermographic images
In recent years, a variety of studies have called into question the safety of cumulative exposures to radiation. Thermography emits nothing, it only takes an image. It is great for frequent screenings with no chance of danger.
After your thermographic session, your initial images will be read by Dr. Cheech Hill, giving you some insight of your images through Eastern medicine philosophies. The images are also sent to Physicians Insight Clinical Interpretation, which is a professional group of Western medicine physicians who are trained in the protocols of reading thermal images. A formal interpretation will be created by them and sent to Dr. Hill for her review, suggestions, and/or referrals. You will be given a copy of their report for your records, as well as one you can share with your current medical physician(s).
Remember that thermography is not diagnostic, but it does give us a warning of early risk factors. This allows for unusual patterns to be closely monitored and natural interventions such as herbs, supplements and lifestyle changes can be introduced to influence the body to return to homeostasis (balance). If unusual patterns persist, conventional interventions may need to be applied and a referral may be necessary.
EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY TO A GOOD OUTCOME
WHAT TO EXPECT
Here are the simple steps you will follow when you get thermographic imaging:
Step 1: You will complete some simple paperwork including a health survey.
Step 2: You will sit in a temperature-controlled room to allow you body to cool from any external conditions.
Step 3: You will be positioned in front of an HD digital infrared thermal imaging camera, where the certified clinical thermographer will take various digital pictures for an good overview of the areas of concern.
Step 4: A telephone conference call will be arranged with Dr. Cheech Hill so she may go over the images with you, giving you some insight of your images through Eastern medicine philosophies. When the Western medicine formal interpretation arrives, an appointment will be made so that Dr. Hill can review the findings with you in person. You will also receive a copy of the report for your records, as well as a copy you can share with your current medical physician(s).
Step 5: It is recommended that you return for additional thermographic imaging on an semi-annual or annual basis to monitor your health and watch for changes. Since all bodies are different, the best way to detect problems is to measure changes from your previous scan to establish a baseline.
Remember that thermography is not diagnostic, but it does give us a warning of early risk factors. This allows for unusual patterns to be closely monitored and natural intervention such as herbs, supplements and lifestyle changes can be introduced to influence the body to return to homeostasis (balance). If unusual patterns persist, conventional interventions may need to be applied and a referral may be necessary.
Prior to your thermography appointment, please be advised that:
- No breast surgery, chemothearpy or radiation treatments 3 months prior
- No breast biopsy for 1 month prior
- Lactation: Imaging is recommended if there is a problem or concern, but a baseline is not recommended for at least 3 months after the last active breastfeeding
24 Hours Prior
- Avoid exercise or heavy physical activity
- No massage or lymphatic treatments
- No chiropractic adjustments
- No sauna, steam bath or hot tub activity
- No hot or cold packs
Day of thermographic imaging
- Avoid heavy makeup. Any oil-based product on the body will affect accurate detection by the camera
- Avoid deodorant or creams on the skin, especially oils
- Absolutely no heat lamps or sunburn. You will have to reschedule
- Do not shave area to be imaged
- Do not eat for at least 2 hours before imaging and no chewing gum
- No coffee or cigarettes for at least 2 hours before imaging
- Avoid air-conditioning in the car blowing directly on you. It takes hours for the body to equilibrate. This is vital during the summer. Same for heaters in the winter
- Client must remove all jewelry
Cash or check is accepted as payment for Medical Thermography. Medical Thermography is not covered by insurance at this time.
PORT CHARLOTTE OFFICE
Full Body: $495
Upper Torso (Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen and Lower Back): $400
Breast Screening: $185
BOCA GRANDE MOBILE UNIT
Full Body: $550
Upper Torso (Head, Neck, Chest, Abdomen and Lower Back): $450
Breast Screening: $210