We offer thermography imaging technology, DITI, a state-of-the-art diagnostic technique, at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee. Thermography relies on DITI, or digital infrared thermal imaging. DITI detects subtle changes in the skin’s surface temperature. The technology creates a color map that reflects the skin’s temperature differences.
Thermography imaging technology, DITI, indicates physiological changes
The practitioners at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee employ thermography imaging technology, DITI, to look for areas of asymmetry in the body. When the body is healthy, the thermogram will be primarily symmetrical. If significant asymmetry is present, the practitioner knows that area of the body may contain one of several problems.
- Congestion in the lymphatic system
- Vascular conditions, such as Raynaud’s disease
Sports medicine thermography helps diagnose injuries and assess progress
People who incur an acute or chronic sports injury benefit from a thermogram. The procedure helps our practitioners confirm the diagnosis of an injury or chronic problem. Thermography imaging technology, DITI, can also help the staff at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee clinically assess a patient’s progress and treatment response.
Full body imaging is an excellent tool for detecting inflammation
When a patient has a condition that is difficult to diagnose, our practitioners are often asked to provide a second opinion. Thermography is one of the techniques we use to find undetected problems that may be making a patient feel ill. For example, our staff may begin their detective work by employing thermography imaging technology, DITI, to detect inflammation. Inflammation is one way the body responds to different stimuli, such as bacteria, viruses or injury. Severe inflammation can cause a patient to feel very ill and fatigued.
Breast thermography detects subtle changes in breast tissue
Breast thermography is an excellent screening tool that women can add to their annual mammograms. Thermography imaging technology, DITI, has two distinct advantages over other breast cancer screening tools because it is noninvasive and it does not emit any radiation.
The procedure lasts about fifteen minutes, and no equipment touches the breast. Digital infrared thermal imaging sensitivity is effective at detecting potential problem areas in breast tissue that may indicate malignancy in the early stages.
Breast thermography is an FDA-approved procedure that can help visualize and quantify changes in skin temperature. If breast thermography detects any suspicious findings, women can alert their physician so that they can pursue further testing and treatment. Breast thermography is not meant to take the place of mammography when that test is deemed medically appropriate.
At our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee, breast thermography allows us to:
- Detect and monitor abnormal physiology
- Establish risk factors for developing breast disorders
- Detect early indications that breast cancer may be present
Breast thermography is especially appropriate for younger women
Younger women, ages 30 to 50, often have denser breast tissue. Dense breast tissue can make it difficult for a screening mammogram to detect breast cancer. In addition, many physicians do not recommend mammograms for women under 50, so breast thermography can serve as an early detection tool. It can identify changes that can help in early detection and monitoring for young women who may be concerned about their risk of developing breast cancer.
How does breast thermography work?
Breast thermography employs digital infrared thermal imaging technology. An infrared scanning device, which does not touch the body, measures the skin surface temperature of the breasts. The device converts infrared radiation that the skin emits into electrical impulses that can be seen on a monitor. Breast thermography maps the body temperature. The spectrum of colors that appears on the monitor indicates the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the breasts’ surface.
What are the benefits of breast thermography?
Breast thermography, when used as part of a woman’s breast cancer awareness program, offers several benefits:
- Once a woman has her first breast thermogram, a baseline image is established, allowing staff at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee to monitor changes even more closely with each subsequent screening.
- It helps identify patients who may be at high risk for developing breast cancer.
- Breast thermography can increase the effective use of mammography by providing a clinical marker for the physician or radiologist, identifying a particular area of the breast that needs to be examined more closely.
- It benefits younger women who may have dense breast tissue or who may not be receiving mammograms due to current guidelines.
- No radiation is involved.
- No contact is made with the breasts.
- It’s a low-cost screening procedure.
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Thermography at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee
Patients at our thermography center benefit from our experience. We’ve been providing this state-of-the-art technology to our patients for almost a decade. Thermography imaging technology, DITI, provides our skilled practitioners with valuable information that helps them accurately diagnose patient’s conditions and issues.
For more information about this technology or to schedule an appointment, contact us.