Frequently Asked Questions
What is thermal imaging?
Digital Infrared thermal imaging, or DITI, is a totally non-invasive, painless procedure with no radiation and no contact with the body. DITI is a clinical imaging technique that records the thermal patterns of your body. Your thermal images are used by your healthcare practitioner to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of your body.
What is thermal imaging used for?
- To help in determining the cause of pain
- To aid in the early detection of disease and pathology
- To evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury
- To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition
- To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing
- To follow the progress of healing and rehabilitation
Is Thermography (DITI) safe and approved?
Yes. It uses no radiation or compression to achieve its images and has been approved by the FDA since 1982.
Is thermal imaging covered by insurance?
Some insurance carriers cover thermal imaging. Please check with your individual carrier. The policy at InsideOut is to receive payment at the time of service, with receipt furnished for your records.
What parts of the body can be scanned?
Thermal images are taken of the whole body, or individual regions including breast, head, arm, leg, torso, etc. A cervical assessment would typically include head and neck, upper trunk and arms.
What happens when I have a thermal scan taken?
A thermal scan takes approximately 10 to 45 minutes depending on which part of the body is being scanned. You will remove all jewelry and clothing from the part of the body being scanned and will be provided a surgical gown or sarong cover up. For a breast scan, you will be ask to disrobe from the waist up.
What do I have to do to prepare for a thermal scan?
There are a few guidelines for preparing for a thermal scan:
- Do not have physical therapy, massage, or electromyography on the same day thermography is performed
- Do not smoke for 2 hours before the test
- Do not use lotions, deodorants, or linaments on day of test
- Stay out of strong sunlight on the day of test
- There are no dietary or medication restrictions on the day of your scan.
Who should interpret my scans and write the report?
The images are read and interpreted by a thermologist, a physician (MD) trained and specializing in the protocols of reading thermal images.
What certification should a thermographer have to perform this exam?
The certified clinical thermographer, trained under the auspices of the American College of Clinical Thermology, takes the images. Janice Anderson of InsideOut, is a certified clinical thermograher and is also a nationally board certified holistic RN, specializing in integrative healing arts and women’s health.
When you are looking for Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging (medical/clinical imaging)...
MAKE SURE TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS:
- is FDA licensed, medically approved equipment used
(approved by HEW - 1972 and FDA - 1982)
- is a real time image produced reflecting your "unique thermal fingerprint"
- does a certified clinical thermographer conduct the process and is that individual licensed
- is this an ACCT approved clinic, so there is comparability scan to scan, year to year
(ACCT is the oldest and largest governing body of clinical thermology, worldwide)
- does a medical doctor(MD or DO) specializing in thermology (thermologists) read and interpret your images and medical report, and does a cadre of thermologists form the group
- is your body of work supported by peer reviewed research, available in the Index Medicus
If the answer to these questions is positive you are at the right place!
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