Thermography May Offer Early Detection
by Christina LeBoeuf
We are living in the information age and knowledge is power. This may seem too cliché, but all too often health providers hear their patients say, “If only I had known more about, or known sooner, then I could have gotten the help I needed.” In other instances, the patient is scared into making a decision that can potentially, and often does, cause harm. It doesn’t have to be this way. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), also referred to as thermography, provides instant answers completely pain-free and is a non-invasive procedure requiring no harmful radiation.
For over 30 years, thermography has offered patients the opportunity to prevent future health issues. In simplified terms, thermography detects infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface throughout the body and those images are analyzed by a skilled medical doctor to determine if there is an abnormal condition occurring. Thermography is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis within the clinical fields of acupuncture, rheumatology, neurology, physiotherapy, sports medicine, oncology, pediatrics, and orthopedics and many others. It can screen for many common diseases, such as arteriosclerosis, breast disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, disc disease, nerve trauma, sprains, tendonitis, digestive disorders and much more.
Throughout the world, doctors including Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Christine Northrop are recommending thermography as the first step in diagnostic imaging, revealing disease in its earliest stage, which is inflammation. For example, precursors to breast cancer—such as inflammation, lymphatic activity, and increased blood vessel growth—are seen in the first ninety days of development with thermography. Comparatively, it takes as many as eight years for breast cancer to develop a “structure” that can be seen on ultrasound or a mammogram. In November 2009, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSFT) began advising women to delay regular mammography screening until age 50, and to then get tested only every other year, citing evidence that the benefits of regular screening do not justify the potential harm in younger women. The recommendations were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Breast thermography has undergone extensive research since the late 1950s. When used with routine clinical exams and mammography, the ability to detect early-stage cancers is at 95%. An abnormal breast thermogram is ten times more significant as a future indicator of breast cancer than family history.
Further uses of thermography include its use in the decision of what tests to run, what medications or supplements to consume, and what therapies to try. With the use of thermography, the effectiveness of these interventions can be monitored and adjusted easily. For example, in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a study was published on the treatment of facial paralysis with acupuncture guided by thermography. The results found that the group treated with acupoints selected using thermography had a cure rate of 67% with a marked improvement rate of 26%. The group treated with conventional acupuncture selection had a cure rate of 46% with a marked improvement rate of 29%. In addition to this, the thermography-guided acupuncture group only needed acupuncture for around 6 weeks, while the conventional acupuncture group needed acupuncture for 24 weeks to achieve these results. Investigation with thermography saved time, money, suffering and subjection to unnecessary medications or procedures.
Early detection with thermography is aimed at prevention before there is a more advanced health condition. The earlier the abnormality is detected, the better the treatment options will be; resulting in a better outcome. It is a revolutionary diagnostic tool that offers a clear image of patient health and immeasurable peace of mind.
Christina LeBoeuf, Lic.Ac., MAOM, CCT, CLDT, is the founder of Carolina Holistic Health, LLC, located in Leigh Healing Center, 3100 Grandview Dr., Simpsonville. For more information, call (864) 516-6868 or go to CarolinaHolisticHealthLLC.com. Sources for this article: MediTherm.com, “Peripheral Facial Paralysis,” Journal Of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1991 June, and The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, 3rd ed.