Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging

All prices include thermogram, interpretation and report.
  • Breast Thermography, Initial Evaluation
  • Breast Thermography, 3 Month or Annual Re-evaluation
  • Thermography, Half Body
  • Thermography, Whole Body

Thermography Appointments

Next Available Dates:

September 20, 2019

November 8, 2019

December 13, 2019

What is Thermography?

Digital thermal imaging is a screening process using a specialized camera that detects differences in heat given off by the body through precise measurements of infrared frequency wavelengths. Known as Digital Infrared Thermography Imaging (DITI). This process gained FDA approval in 1982. It is become increasingly more accurate and useful through technological advancements. Thermal imaging is the use of a specialty high definition camera that captures valuable thermal information that is invisible to the human eye.

“Thermography imaging tests are both precise and sensitive, picking up on even subtle changes in the body that can signify a lurking problem. They are also inexpensive and don’t require any exposure to radiation or invasive procedures, limiting barriers to testing.” Dr. Axe

“A thermologist, the medical doctor who reads and interprets the thermogram, expects to see symmetrical heat patterns. Even subtle differences from one side to the other are easily identified, and this can indicate cancerous or precancerous tissue or other anomalies. Some are explainable and don’t require additional testing. Women who have abnormal thermograms are at a higher risk for developing cancer.” Christiane Northrup, MD

 Breast Thermography

“The primary reason that thermography tests are so beneficial is that they offer an earlier, more reliable way to detect abnormal cellular activities and suspected tumor growths compared to other tests like self-examinations.” Dr. Axe

“With thermography, a thermal imaging camera captures the amount of heat on the body’s surface. It’s then translated to a digital image seen immediately on a computer. Because it uses different colors to represent different amounts of heat—each color is different by half a degree—the resulting image looks a lot like a topographical map. Thermography is a non-invasive test—there’s no flattening of the breasts and the thermographer does not need to touch your breast to take the images.” Christiane Northrup, MD

For breast screening, thermography comparisons are needed and a baseline must be formed. To achieve a baseline, two sets of images are to be taken three months apart to see if any change has occurred (your initial evaluation and re-evaluation). Re-evaluation screening may take place annually thereafter. Breast Thermography is not a replacement for mammograms but can be used in conjunction with mammography to create a more comprehensive screening and achieve a more accurate diagnosis.

Full and Half Body Thermography

Thermography can also be used for full or half body screenings for the purpose of early detection of illnesses and disease processes by detecting physiologic changes such as inflammation and lymphatic system congestion.

Besides detecting breast cancer, what else is Thermography useful for?

• Thyroid Dysfunction
• Back Injuries
• Headaches
• Lymphatic Congestion
• Unexplained Pain
• Dental Issues
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Herniated Disc
• Neuropathy
• Hyperextension Injuries
• Whiplash
• Lupus
• Nerve Trauma
• TMJ Dysfunction
• Arthritis
• Bursitis
• Soft Tissue Injuries
• Arteriosclerosis

Thermography at Advanced Health & Wellness is performed by Kristy Boyoner, CCT. Kristy is a Certified Clinical Thermographer and owner of Thermography of New England.

Thermograms are interpreted by Electronic Medical Interpretation Inc. (EMI) and a full report will be mailed to you. All EMI doctors are Board Certified MD Thermologists experienced in reading thermograms.

Thermography FAQ

How is Thermography different from a Mammogram or Ultrasound?

DITI provides different information that a mammogram or ultrasound. Mammograms and ultrasounds are useful in identifying anatomy (cancer, growths, cysts, etc.) but not physiological changes. DITI shows information relating to blood flow, inflammation, lymphatic activity or hormonal dysfunction and other functional processes.

How should I prepare for Thermography?

Do not smoke for 2 hours before the test.
Do not use lotions, oils, or powders before the test.
Do not do strenuous exercise 2 hours before your appointment.
Do not take a cold or hot shower 2 hours before your appointment.
Do not have deep tissue massage, acupuncture treatment or use the infrared sauna before your appointment.
Do not use a tanning bed for 48 hours before your appointment.

You may wear deodorant.

Who should not have Thermography done?

You cannot have Thermography if you have a sunburn.
You cannot have Thermography if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, due to the changes in physiology that take place during this time. 

How often should I have Thermography?

Once a reliable baseline has been established, which normally requires two studies 3-months apart, you should have an on-going annual comparative study to detect any suspicious functional (physiological) changes, warranting further investigation. Depending on your personal history and risk for breast disease, your doctor can advise how often you should have a thermal scan repeated.

Who should have Thermography?

All women can benefit from breast thermography screening. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30 – 50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography. This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.

Is Thermal Imaging a replacement for mammograms or ultrasounds?

No. While some women make a personal choice to use thermal imaging instead of mammography for breast screening, other women who cannot use mammography for a number of reasons can use thermography instead of mammography. Most women use thermal imaging in addition to mammography and/or ultrasound.

We believe that (DITI) should be viewed as a complementary, not competitive, tool to mammography and ultrasound. DITI has the ability to identify patients at the highest level of risk and actually increase the effective usage of mammograms and ultrasounds. Research confirms that DITI, when used with mammography, can improve the sensitivity of breast cancer detection.

The ultimate choice should be made on an individual basis with regard to clinical history, personal circumstances and medical advice.

Is there any harmful radiation in a thermal scan?

No. DITI detects and records the infrared heat radiating from the surface of the body. There is no contact with the body or harmful radiation