Thermography Applications

Thermography is a completely non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing thermal abnormalities present in the body.  It is the only method available for "visualizing" your pain.


It is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as monitoring therapy progress for conditions and injuries including:

  • Back Injuries

  • Arthritis

  • Headaches

  • Nerve Damage

  • Unexplained Pain

  • Dental and TMJ

  • Vascular Disease

  • Breast Disease

  • Inflammatory Pain

  • Referred Pain Syndrome

  • Sprains / Strains

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Fibrocystic Activity

  • and more!

X-Ray, C.T., Ultrasound and M.R.I are all tests of  'anatomy' that measure the structures of your body whereas thermography is unique in its capability to show the physiological change and metabolic processes occurring in the body.


Although many people associate thermography as a breast screening, images can be taken of the entire body or just regions of interest. The digitized images are stored on a computer and are sent electronically to a Thermologist, a medical doctor certified in thermal interpretations, for analysis and report. Your report is sent directly to you and to any healthcare professionals requested. 

Questions about the validity of Thermography? Read this information!

The BioMedical Engineering Handbook | Third Edition  

Medical Devices and Systems

Infrared Imaging of the Breast — An Overview

  • In 1982, the FDA cleared breast thermography as an adjunctive breast cancer screening procedure. (Adjunctive meaning an additional procedure used for increasing the efficacy or safety of the primary procedure, such as a mammogram, for facilitating its performance.)

  • Breast thermography has undergone extensive research since the late 1950's.

  • The numbers of participants in many studies are very large – 10K, 37K, 60K, 85K.

  • Some of these studies have followed patients up to 12 years.

  • Strict standardized interpretation protocols have been established for over 15 years.

  • Breast thermography has an average sensitivity and specificity of 90%.

  • An abnormal thermogram is 10 times more significant as a future risk indicator for breast cancer than a first order family history of the disease.

  • A persistent abnormal thermogram carries with it a 22x higher risk of future breast cancer.

  • An abnormal infrared image is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer.

  • Breast thermography has the ability to detect the first signs that a cancer may be forming up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it.


Over 40 years of research and 800 indexed papers encompassing well over 300,000 women participants has demonstrated infrared imaging’s abilities in the early detection of breast cancer. Infrared imaging has distinguished itself as the earliest detection technology for breast cancer. It has the ability to signal an alarm that a cancer may be forming up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it.

In 7 out of 10 cases, infrared imaging will detect signs of a cancer before it is seen on a mammogram. Clinical trials have also shown that infrared imaging significantly augments the long-term survival rates of its recipients by as much as 61%. And when used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination, mammography, and infrared imaging) 95% of all early stage cancers will be detected. Ongoing research into the thermal characteristics of breast pathologies will continue to investigate the relationships between neoangiogenesis, chemical mediators, and the neoplastic process.

It is unfortunate, but many clinicians still hesitate to consider infrared imaging as a useful tool in spite of the considerable research database, steady improvements in both infrared technology and image analysis, and continued efforts on the part of the infrared imaging societies. This attitude may be due in part to the average clinician’s unfamiliarity with the physical and biological basis of infrared imaging. The other methods of cancer investigations refer directly to topics of medical teaching. For instance, radiography and ultrasonography refer to structural anatomy. Infrared imaging, however, is based on thermodynamics and thermokinetics, which are unfamiliar to most clinicians; though man is experiencing heat production and exchange in every situation he undergoes or creates.

Considering the contribution that infrared imaging has demonstrated thus far in the field of early breast cancer detection, all possibilities should be considered for promoting further technical, biological, and clinical research along with the incorporation of the technology into common clinical use.

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