Thermography uses ultra-sensitive, high resolution camera and sophisticated software to measure infrared emissions (heat) constantly emitting from the surface of your skin producing a colormap of your body's health, providing a picture of your health.
In order to understand thermography, we need to first understand our skin. As we all know, skin is the largest organ of the human body, it is the most visible organ yet it is the most underappreciated organ. One of the most important functions of skin is to control body's temperature, that is controlling the amount of circulation, or blood flow, in the skin. As a result, our blood vessels widen and allow heat to escape through the skin, we start sweating. On the other hand, when we need to retain heat, the blood vessels narrow and we produce less sweat. This phenomenon, called thermoregulation, is done without conscious thought and it is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. This simplified and quick overview of skin's physiology can give us a great understanding of the core principle of thermography. That is, normal body is thermally symmetrical, thermal asymmetries can indicate abnormalities.
Our state of the art, FDA approved camera system measures body's surface temperature, presenting the information as a digital image. This image,
a thermogram, is made up of individual pixels, with each pixel displaying an accurate temperature measurement. We could also look at a thermogram as a colormap or thermal mapping of the surface of your skin. The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface.
What can you see with Thermography?
Thermography can identify a wide range of thermal abnormalities and that is why thermography is so popular. Thermography is used for: Breast health monitoring, thyroid health monitoring, oral health, sinuses, carotids health, inflammation, soft tissue injury monitoring, etc. Thermography provides thermal indications of possible: cardio-vascular thermal conditions, carpal tunnel, chronic nerve injury, diabetes, digestive disorders, herniated disk, musculoskeletal problems, estrogen dominance & fibrocystic changes in the breasts. Thermography can help define a previously diagnosed condition/injury, can aid in visualizing healing progress, as well as identifying an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing.