Thyroid dysfunction accounts for a huge number of metabolic problems including but not limited to weight gain or loss, fatigue, disorders of protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism and intolerance to heat or cold.
Conventional laboratory testing is often inaccurate due to various medical conditions that can falsely elevate or depress the thyroid function studies. Ultrasonography has a value in detecting anatomic lesions. Nuclear scans and x-rays involve injection of a radioactive dye which is less than desirable to most individuals.
Thermography offers a non-invasive, non-radiologic measurement of thyroid physiology. As such it will not detect nodules or tumors but will provide a representation of physiologic dysfunction which when coupled with history, physical examination and aforementioned tests will provide a far greater picture of the thyroid function.
People with normal studies who are still experiencing symptoms will now have definitive medical evidence which will allow for a more comprehensive treatment program.
When performing thyroid thermography we look for significant temperature asymmetry between the lobes or a temperature variation between the thyroid gland and its surrounding structures.
When studying the thyroid we have noted considerable inflammation in the dental region, sinuses and temperomandibular joints. We have concluded that inflammation or infection in these regions is the cause of many problems in addition to the obvious one of pain in a specified area. Headaches and neck pain are common symptoms caused by this inflammation.
Anecdotally on several occasions when doing a Thyroid study we have seen areas of elevated heat running from the mouth to the thyroid and also to the breast. Because of the large volume of information about the connection between dental health and overall health we now include the dental and facial regions as part of the study.