I had a discussion with Janice Holmes, Clinical Director of HealthSCAN Thermography Clinic about this type of imaging.
- What is thermography and when is it used?
Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging, or more commonly known as Thermography, is a non-invasive test using an infrared camera to measure and pinpoint abnormal thermal changes within the body. The camera gauges body tissue heat energy that is then reflected on a high-speed computer for imaging. Generally, problem areas show high temperatures due to increased blood flow and increased metabolic activity or cooler temperatures due to decreased blood flow and lack of proper metabolic activity.
It is used to:
-detect thermal abnormalities within the body related to illness and injury often before symptoms -may be felt
-assist in a clear definition and aid in the monitoring of many previously diagnosed diseases and physical injuries during rehabilitation
-give useful information to complement other forms of clinical testing
-a non-invasive, radiation free clinical imaging procedure
-an important part of any preventative wellness program
Thermography is filling in the clinical gap.
2. What is your background?
I started my healthcare career as an Athletic Therapist working in the sports rehabilitation field for over twenty-five years. Throughout my education, continuing education and professional experience, I realized that motivating people to consider all aspects of their health is a passion. In 2007, I discovered the value of Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging (Thermography) technology and shifted my focus so I could provide a more in depth level of health information with my clients. HealthSCAN opened in 2008 and has been servicing the Burlington, GTA and southern Ontario communities since.
3) What are the common reasons patients are referred for thermography?
Thermography will benefit any condition whether using the scan to complement an annual physical, to aid in identifying abnormal activity in a particular area of the body or to monitor an ongoing health condition. The scan will report on many key areas such as dental, thyroid, organ function, breast health, digestive concerns, inflammation, poor circulation and many more.