What is Thermal Imaging?
The surface of the human body is a highly efficient radiator and it is possible to detect the infrared emission from the skin, and create a thermal map of temperature distribution by remote sensing. Thermal Imaging (aka Infrared Thermography) is a imaging procedure where infrared images of the human body are analyzed and rated to determine the risk of developing breast cancer or to spot other thermal anomalies. It is a non-invasive, radiation-free and touch-free procedure.
It is important to note that Human beings must thermo-regulate in order to survive. Heat is produced by the vascular activity and metabolic reactions taking place in the tissue. Breast thermal imaging is based on the premise that the chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in the normal breast. Since pre-cancerous and cancerous masses are highly metabolic tissues, they need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth; and this can increase the surface temperatures of the breast which is measured by a sensitive infrared detector.
The importance of infrared thermal imaging is well documented, with ongoing research being conducted throughout the world in major institutions. Physicians at a number of prestigious medical centers in the United States are using thermal images for the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems. These facilities include the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown University, Auburn, Vanderbilt, State University of New York at Stoney Brook, Texas Tech and UCLA to name a few. Physicians in Singapore, China, South Korea, and Japan are very advanced with their understanding and use of this technology. In Japan alone, more than 300 hospitals and 10 biomedical research institutes are using infrared thermal imaging.
How it is Done
Thermal Eyez is using a high resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and high thermal sensitivity, FDA-cleared infrared imaging camera to measure the skin temperature (Regulation Number: 21 CFR 884.2980). This temperature information gets transmitted to a computer which converts these radiometric measurements into images.
Once the images are acquired in a controlled environment, they are sent to our board-certified MDs for analysis and interpretation. Written report is then returned to our imaging center in a few days and presented back to you with an explanation and follow up recommendations.
The FDA recognizes thermal imaging (aka thermography) for the adjunctive or supportive evaluation of the following: Cerebral vascular conditions, peripheral vascular conditions, breast and thyroid abnormalities, musculoskeletal conditions, inflammatory and neoplastic conditions. It is not considered a stand alone diagnostic imaging method.