Have you heard of Thermography, but you’re not sure if it’s the right fit for you? Well, let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Thermography is a technique used for detecting and measuring variations in the heat emitted by various regions of the body and transforming them into visible signals that can be recorded photographically (as for diagnosing abnormal or diseased underlying conditions). Thermographic cameras usually detect radiation in the long-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum (roughly 9,000–14,000 nanometers or 9–14 µm) and produce images of that radiation, called thermograms. Since infrared radiation is emitted by all objects with a temperature above absolute zero according to the black body radiation law, thermography makes it possible to see one’s environment with or without visible illumination. The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature; therefore, thermography allows one to see variations in temperature. When viewed through a thermal imaging camera, warm objects stand out well against cooler backgrounds; humans and other warm-blooded animals become easily visible against the environment, day or night. As a result, thermography has been particularly useful for the military and other users of surveillance cameras.
The history of thermography goes way, way back…all the way back to 400 BC!
The roots of Thermography, or heat differentiation, are ancient, dating back to the time of the pyramids. A papyrus from 1700 BC documents the association of temperature with disease. By 400 BC, physicians commonly employed a primitive form of Thermography: they applied a thin coat of mud to a patient’s body, observed the patterns made by the different rates of mud drying, and attributed those patterns to hot and cold temperatures on the surface of the body. Hippocrates summed it up: “In whatever part of the body excess of heat or cold is felt, the disease is there to be discovered.”
Modern thermometry began soon after, in 1835, with the invention of a thermo-electrical device which established that the temperature in inflamed regions of the body is higher than in normal areas. This device also confirmed that the normal healthy human temperature is 98.6° Fahrenheit or 37° Celsius.
By the 1920s, scientists were using photography to record the infrared spectrum, and this led to new applications in thermometry and other fields. The 30s, 40s, and 50s saw remarkable improvements in imaging with special infrared sensors, thanks in large part to World War II and the Korean conflict, which used infrared for a variety of military applications, such as troop movement detection. Once these infrared technologies were declassified post-war, scientists immediately turned to researching their application for clinical medicine.
By the late 70s and early 80s, detailed standards for thermography were in place, and new training centers for physicians and technicians were graduating professionals who would make medical thermography available to the general public.
Today, modern systems provide high speed, high-resolution imaging coupled with state-of-the-art computerized digital technology. This results in clear, detailed images captured for interpretation. Thermography is now recognized and valued as a highly refined science with standardized applications in Neurology, Vascular Medicine, Sports Medicine, Breast Health, and many other specialty areas.
There are so many benefits to having access to Thermography. It’s radiation-free, painless, safe, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and it may detect tumor growth or abnormal cell activity earlier than other types of screening exams.
We are so excited to offer Thermography starting this fall at Integrative Wellness Group!
What you’ll get when you work with us!
- Full Body Screening
- A Full Report
- Practitioner Recommendations
- 30-minute Phone Call with a Health Coach
We will be using the Alfathermo thermographic imaging which is used to evaluate breast health, lymphatic health, neoplastic changes, musculoskeletal issues, vascular disease, dental issues, thyroid conditions, and extracranial cerebral and facial vascular disease.
We look forward to seeing you in our office! If you have any questions about Thermography or about the other services that we offer at IWG, click here to set up a free strategy call!