Lisa Marie Taylor, CCT1

Thermography

Medical Thermography (also known as Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or DITI) is a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure used to detect and monitor many diseases and physical injuries. The images generated by the infrared scanning device allow a certified examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. The scanning device converts heat (infrared radiation) emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are displayed in color on a monitor. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature of an individual (this image is called a thermogram). The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of heat emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries are identified easily by a trained clinician. (Source: American College of Clinical Thermology: ACCT)

Fit2B Breast&Body Thermography

In Sports Medicine, DITI has been helpful as a diagnostic tool in the differential diagnosis of neuromusculoskeletal injuries and their prognosis for return to participation and competition. DITI helps confirm a diagnosis and can be used as a gauge to clinically assess progress and treatment response, as well as being a prognostic indicator.

DITI is useful for the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Epicondylitis
  • Patellofemoral Syndromes
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fractures
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes
  • Spinal Pain Syndromes
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Foot Pain Syndromes
  • Vascular Disorders

One of DITI's biggest contributions to sports medicine is in the detection of the post-traumatic pain syndromes of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome) and sympathetic pain syndromes which can occur after minimal injury. These have traditionally been difficult to diagnose. DITI provides an invaluable window into the autonomic/sympathetic nervous system, which records via somatic cutaneous reflex, the sympathetic response to pain and injury. (Source: Meditherm )

Adjunctive Diagnostic Applications for Physicians Referring Patients for Thermographic Evaluation
  • Altered Ambulatory Kinetics
  • Altered Biokinetics
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Biomechanical Impropriety
  • Breast Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Causalgia
  • Compartment Syndromes
  • Cord Pain/Injury
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Disc Disease
  • Disc Syndromes
  • Dystrophy
  • External Carotid Insufficiency
  • Facet Syndromes
  • Grafts
  • Hysteria
  • Headache Evaluation
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
  • Hyperaesthesia
  • Hyperextension Injury
  • Hyperflexion Injury
  • Inflammatory Disease
  • Internal Carotid Insufficiency
  • Infectious Disease (Shingles, Leprosy)
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Injury
  • Ligament Tear
  • Lower Motor Neuron Disease
  • Malingering
  • Median Nerve Neuropathy
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Myofascial Irritation
  • Muscle Tear
  • Musculoligamentous Spasm
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Nerve Impingement
  • Nerve Pressure
  • Nerve Root Irritation
  • Nerve Stretch Injury
  • Nerve Trauma
  • Neuropathy
  • Neurovascular Compression
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuritis
  • Neuropraxia
  • Neoplasia
  • (melanoma, squamous cell, basal)
  • Nutritional Disease
  • (Alcoholism,Diabetes)
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Peripheral Axon Disease
  • Raynaud’s
  • Referred Pain Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Ruptured Disc
  • Somatization Disorders
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Sprain/Strain
  • Stroke Screening
  • Synovitis
  • Sensory Loss
  • Sensory Nerve Abnormality
  • Somatic Abnormality
  • Superficial Vascular Disease
  • Skin Abnormalities
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Points
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Tendonitis
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
  •  Whiplash