thermography

Lisa Green is a Certified Clinical Thermographer (CCT). She received her certification from Meditherm, Inc. after training
with the esteemed Oxford-educated Dr. Peter Leando. Lisa currently works with his team of medical doctors who have
received extensive training in Medical Thermology.

What is Thermography?

Thermography is an exceptional clinical screening procedure that can detect and monitor a number of diseases and physical conditions by showing thermal patterns anywhere in the body.The benefit of thermography is that it is radiation-free, non-
invasive, painless and completely safe and accurate.

Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is an exceptional clinical screening tool that provides insight into
breast and overall physical health. While it has the ability to assess pain and pathology almost anywhere in the body, its most
popular application right now is in the early detection of breast disease.

What is Thermography used for?

While the most popular clinical application for Thermography is breast health screening, thermography can assess pain and
pathology anywhere in the body.

It is also used for the following:
Breast screening; Arthritis; Back injuries; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Dental and TMJ; Artery Inflammation; Inflammatory
Pain; Skin Cancer; Sports Medicine; Sprain; Unexplained Pain; Digestive Disorders; Whiplash; Vascular Disease; Strain

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should have Thermography Screenings?

Any adult can benefit from a full body screening. Every person’s thermal print is as unique as their thumbprint, so a full body
screening is used to identify an individual’s “unique, normal” thermal print and to establish a baseline to compare to all
future screenings.

Anyone experiencing pain, disease or physical injury can benefit from Thermography’s ability to help assess and monitor
conditions anywhere in the body with no risk, discomfort or side effects.

What is the difference between thermography and mammography?

Thermography is a test of physiology; it looks at function while mammography looks at structure.

Here’s what this means.

A mammogram may reveal a lump, but it does not have the ability to identify the lump as malignant or benign; it simply
reveals that there is something there and can provide structural information including size, shape and more.
Thermography, on the other hand, cannot “see” the lump, but if the lump is “functional,” that is, growing, the thermogram will
reveal a suspicious thermal pattern that indicates activity in that area that requires further investigation. Having said that,
a benign lump may not show up on a thermogram as it poses no real threat.

Should women choose thermography over mammography?

Research has shown that thermography is 83% accurate at detecting breast disease. Mammography is 84% accurate, while
the two modalities combined offer a 95% accuracy rate.Because of the risk of repeated exposure to radiation, very few
countries in the world recommend mammograms as frequently as every year. One of the benefits of thermography is that there
is no radiation, making frequent screening possible and safe. Thermography is totally non-invasive, has no contact with the
body, so there are no side effects. One of the greatest benefits of thermography is that may offer the opportunity of earlier detection. Thermography’s key asset is that it seems to spot pre-cancerous breast signs long before any palpable lump appears.
Thermography is particularity indicated for women with dense breast tissue, women who cannot tolerate radiation, and women
with breast implants.

Can thermography detect breast cancer?

What many people do not realize is that mammography, thermography and ultrasounds are all SCREENING devices. None
of them are “diagnostic” devices. A biopsy, for example, is used for diagnosis, the others are not. While breast cancer can only
be truly diagnosed by tissue biopsy, breast thermography may safely eliminate the need for an unnecessary biopsy. Any
suspicious lump, however, always warrants additional clinical correlation.

Are most biopsied breast lumps cancerous?

Most people do not realize that 90% of biopsied breast lumps are NON-CANCEROUS. This is where the whole “over-diagnosis”
debate began. Many women are being over treated for non-threatening conditions. Unfortunately, as a result of this
debate, many women have become confused about the recommendations for breast screening.

At what age should a woman have breast thermography?

Women as young as age 30 can have thermography done in addition to breast self-exams and physical exams.
Early detection is aimed at prevention and if early changes are detected then we have an opportunity to intervene and change
the outcome. Breast screening is essential!

Is thermography FDA approved?

Yes. Thermography was FDA approved in 1982

PATIENT INFORMATION  

CHECKLIST

Please review before you make an appointment .

• You must wait 3 months after discontinuing breastfeeding before a thermal breast exam.

• While it is perfectly safe to have thermography while pregnant, you should not have breast scans done at this time
(you may scan other areas of concern) as the accuracy of results are compromised by the increased blood supply that
accompanies pregnancy.

• You must wait at least 3 months after any breast surgery, completion of chemotherapy, or radiation before a thermal
breast exam.

• You must wait at least 1 month after biopsy or minor surgery.

• You must wait at least 1 week after having a CAT scan.

• Avoid tanning or sunburn 1 week before the exam.

• If you are ill with a fever the exam will not be accurate, you should be fever free for 48hrs.

 PREPARATION

For 24 hours prior to your exam

•  Avoid heavy exercise, massage, chiropractic adjustments, sauna and steam rooms.

For 2 hours prior to your exam

• Avoid exercise, hot or cold showering.

•  Avoid tobacco/nicotine use, coffee or tea (caffeine) consumption and very hot or very cold  drinks.

• Do not shave your underarms or apply deodorant, creams or lotions to areas to be imaged.

No changes in diet or medication are necessary.

DURING THE EXAM

There will be no physical contact and the camera emits no radiation. You will be provided a gown to wear until the imaging
begins.

For breast imaging, you will be required remove any jewelry and to disrobe your upper body.  Please bring a hair clip to keep
your hair off of your shoulders if it is long. The thermographer will review your history and questionnaire with you prior to
your scan. Please inform the thermographer if you have had any recent skin lesions on your breasts, as the resulting
inflammation might cause a false positive result, or if you have any tattoos, birthmarks or scars.

For full body imaging, you will be required to disrobe all except for underpants.  (Please be sure to bring or wear underwear!). You will be in a comfortably cool, private room and the camera will be positioned from 4 to 6 feet away from you. It will take a little time for your body temperature to equilibrate to the ambient temperature of the room. This is the most time consuming part of the exam. Then you will begin your “thermal photo shoot,” taking images from appropriate angles.

Your images will be taken by a Certified Clinical Thermographer.

You are welcome to view the images before you leave but please understand that the thermographer is not trained to
interpret your scans and may not attempt to do so. Any single region of interest, for example breast or abdomen,
will take about 20-30 minutes. A full body exam will take approximately 45-50 minutes.

You are welcome to bring a partner or companion with you to be present at the examination.

REPORTING

Your images will be interpreted by a  Medical Doctor (MD) Certified in Cinical Thermology.  A  report, including images,
will be emailed or mailed to you when the report is complete.

REPORT INTERPRETATION

Thermography is a test of physiology not anatomy. It provides information about current and future risk only and does not
diagnose breast conditions. When reading these images, we look for asymmetry and certain temperature findings in the breasts
which may suggest elevated risk for disease. Any thermal imaging findings of concern should be correlated with
diagnostic examinations before a final diagnosis and treatment decision is made. When thermography is used as a multimodal approach (clinical examination, thermography and mammogram) 95% of early stage breast cancers can be detected.
FOLLOW UP

The report will indicate the appropriate follow-up procedures and you will be notified when you are due for your follow-up
scan. It is always recommended to share your results with your referring practitioner. If you are self-referred, I recommend
that you take a copy of your report to your OB-GYN/Primary Care Physician. Because your report is written by an MD, your
physician must include it in your medical records.

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Thermographic Insights

For Downloadable Intake Forms:

Basic Breast Health Screening: These forms are for women who wish to have a breast health screening and have no history of Breast Disease or Breast Surgery.

Extended Breast Questionnaire: This form is an additional page for those who have filled out the Basic Breast Health Screening form but do have a history of Breast Disease (including cancer) and/or Breast Surgery or Breast Biopsy.

Men’s Body Study: These forms are for men who wish to have either a full body study or region of interest study.

Women’s Body Study: These forms are for women who wish to have either a full body study or region of interest study.