Thermal Imaging, mammography and ultrasounds do not ‘diagnose’ breast cancer, breast cancer can only be truly diagnosed using a tissue biopsy. Thermal Imaging is an objective test measuring skin surface temperature to a very sensitive and accurate degree reflecting changes in physiological and metabolic activity within the underlying tissue area. Used as part of a screening programe, DITI will show changes in breast tissue over time that can lead to the detection of cancer with additional clinical tests and will give the earliest possible indication that something is wrong.
No, you can refer yourself. However, we do mail a copy to the provider of your choice, free of charge. A cover letter is included providing a phone number for your doctor to use if he/she has any questions.
It is recommended to have two breast scans within three months of one another to establish a baseline. Thereafter, once annually is usually sufficient. Young women may begin breast screening with thermography at the age of 25-28 to establish a healthy, stable baseline.
Yes, thermography uses no radiation, compression and no contact to achieve its images.
No, the two complement each other. Thermal imaging can detect the potential presence of a tumor years before a mammogram can see it.
Yes, Thermography has been approved by the FDA since 1982.
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, or DITI, detects heat to measure the physiological activity in your body. This clinical test is supported by 30 years of research and over 8000 published medical studies.
As always, early detection is the key to a good outcome. Thermography is not diagnostic but identifies early risk factors. An abnormal result from a thermogram allows more time for therapeutic life-style changes to be incorporated. At the very least, the condition can be closely monitored safely until conventional interventions need to be applied.
Thermography is a test of physiology and function while a mammogram is a test of structure. One does not replace the other, they are complementary.
The images are sent via secured server to Electronic Medical Interpretation, which is a professional group of physicians who are trained in the protocols of reading thermal images.
Images are taken by a Certified Clinical Thermographer who’s trained by the American College of Clinical Thermology.
Although used widely throughout America and some parts of Europe, DITI is relatively new to the UK, with only approximately 20 clinics operating throughout the country.
The report is written by medically trained thermologists who are all doctors or ex-radiologists, so the wording on the report can be quite technical – however all reports are written for your GP or healthcare provider to go through and discuss further with you.
Yes, you will receive a copy of the interpretation and colour copy of all your images in the mail within a week or so. We will also mail a copy to a practitioner(s) of your choice at no charge.
Some health insurance companies cover the procedure and others do not. Contact your insurance company for its reimbursement procedure. Our policy is to receive payment at the time of service. For your convenience, Thermalogica accepts cash, personal cheque, VISA/MC.