I have been a registered nurse for over 35 years, and during that time I studied reflexology and Reiki, using natural therapies to look after myself and my family. I had a Thermographic body scan a few years ago. I thought it was amazing how it was done, what it picked up and how detailed it was, so I decided that I wanted to continue helping people but in a different way. This Investigatory procedure has the unique ability to pick up the nervous system’s projection of disease, thereby alerting the individual of a problem in their body. A non- contact digital infrared camera, captures and records temperature variations on the skin.
This is not a diagnostic test or tool and it is not replacing any medical machinery on the NHS, but it can be used in conjunction with these machines. It does not diagnose cancer but it can detect increased blood supply (as found in cancers) called angiogenesis.
It is well documented in all fields of medicine that the earliest detection leads to the best outcome. Mammography, MRI and X-ray detect anatomical changes (structure), but will miss such things as active inflammation, or increased blood supply. Thermography can detect early danger signs in the body years before other tools. In many diseases there are variations in blood flow which in turn affect the skin temperature.
The digital camera photographs the amount of heat on the body’s surface. It’s then translated into a digital image seen immediately on a specialised computer programme. No radiation, not invasive, no injections or dyes going into your system. Just special digitalised images sent to our world wide team of medical doctors who do extra training specially in the thermography (thermologists). They interpret the scan and make suggestions as to what the patient should do if there are any problems highlighted on the scan.
Thermography can also pick up chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, so basically visualising pain. The pictures of a thermogram below is of an inflamed thyroid gland and the picture (bottom right) is of chronic fatigue syndrome and the fibromyalgia.
The camera can be used for breast health, region of interest (somewhere on your body that is causing you concern, ie possible thyroid gland symptoms), half body or full body scans. A thermography appointment will take approximately 30 minutes for a breast scan or a region of interest (including medical history) and close to an hour for a half body or full body scan. The doctor reads the images as previous mentioned and the patient’s report is sent to the patient via email within 72 hours. Thermography can be used on both women and men of all ages, including pregnant women, and it can also be used on children with very good effect.
The scans are interpreted by doctors for doctors, so the reports provide helpful guidance to the patient’s health care practitioners.
Thermography screening can be repeated as often as required with no risk and is therefore very suited for regular and frequent breast screening, including post surgery or during treatment, In cases where patients might be unwilling to proceed with surgery, the patient can be monitored via thermography. It can be used for annual checks, monitoring wound progression and also for monitoring chemotherapy treatment.
For breast scanning there is no flattening of the breasts in between two cold metal plates with pressure applied and the thermographer does not need to touch any part of your body to take the images. It is just like having your picture taken.
The incidence of breast cancer is rising, particularly in younger women who do not normally have mammograms due to the density of their breasts. Thermograms can be performed from the age of 25 years of age.
Regular breast screening thermograms are ideal to keep a check on your breast health. More women are having thermography scans as they are finding it is harmless with no discomfort, detailed and shows cell changes at a much earlier stage than mammography. Thermography enables earlier intervention and gives people more options to look after their health.
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