By Dr. Carla Garcia, D.O.M.
What is thermography? It’s a test that uses an infrared camera to detect heat patterns and blood flow in body tissues. Thermographic cameras usually detect heat radiating from the body and produce images of that radiation, called thermograms. Images are produced in full color and warmer areas are usually an indication for inflammation, estrogen dominance, lymph congestion or new blood vessel growth. (New blood vessel growth is one of the early signs of a developing tumor.) Cooler areas may represent areas of poor circulation or nerve dysfunction.
Where can you do thermography? Numerous clinics offer thermography; but very few in the U.S. are stand-alone thermography centers. The Thermography Center in Albuquerque is just that – a thermography center. Breast and full-body thermography is offered to both women and men, with no intention of recruiting them as patients for treatment or upselling them to additional products and services. Reports are sent directly to the patient and to the patient’s doctor, if they so choose. You can come any time as there is no need for a physician referral. Some doctors will write an order/provide a referral, but you don’t have to wait for them to do so. Simply pick up the phone to call and schedule your appointment.
When can you do thermography? Anytime. There are no eating restrictions, and no limitations as to your menstrual cycle or anything else. The camera is specifically calibrated to the human body.
Why do thermography? It is a scan of the body or a specific region of the body (like the breasts) that is completely painless. It provides information about areas that require further investigation, treatment or lifestyle changes. There is no cancer-causing radiation, no compression of the tissue and a complete thermographic scan is done in minutes.