The use of thermography as a health screening tool have come a long way since its initial approval by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare back in 1972. At that time it was approved for use in only a few areas. Since then that short list has grown and thermography has become a reliable and trusted screening method for numerous ailments.
Physicians and other health care practitioners trust thermography to help them assess the following conditions:
Diseases of the breast — By establishing a base for an individuals normal physiologic breast function and screening the heat patterns throughout the breasts, certified thermography physicians are able to identify abnormalities.
Chronic pain conditions — Not only can a thermogram show the distinct heat signatures within the body that are indicative of chronic pain disorders, it is a completely pain free screening method. Some tests require contact with the body in order to produce their results which can be painful for the patient. Thermograms, however, are produced without having any contact with the individual. It is also the only test that measures the sensory nerve function of the body.
Dental and sinus infections/disorders — Because dental health is so closely tied to the overall well being of an individual, getting a comprehensive look at any sort of inflammation, infection, or disorder in the dental and sinus areas can help in painting a picture of a person’s overall health.
These are just a few examples of the areas where thermography is being utilized. Others include:
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Peripheral Neuropathies
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
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