Thermography is a test that uses an infrared camera to detect heat patterns and blood flow in body tissues.
Digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) is the type of thermography that’s used to assess inflammation patterns in the body. The thermography system offers a colored image of increased or decreased blood flow or metabolic rate in the body. Asymmetric distribution of inflammation within the body can indicate various conditions and/or disorders. Cancer has a very high metabolic rate and increased blood flow, therefore, an asymmetric, localized area of inflammation on the thermography images could give an indication of disease or disorder. Thermography can not firmly diagnose cancer but can certainly prompt further evaluation of any health concerns with the appropriate medical specialist.
Also, thermography can indicate areas of “lazy” organ systems. Patients with hypothyroid issues usually will be an image of blue or black on the imaging. This indicates a lack of activity in their thyroid. This imaging result would prompt further evaluation of the patient’s thyroid.
Please view the pictures below to see examples of thermography images. Each picture clearly indicates a specific issue and indicates the diagnostic power of thermography. From left to right: breast cancer in the left breast; overactive thyroid; underactive thyroid (shown by arrow).