Thermal Imaging

What is Thermal Imaging? 

I’m sure you’ve seen thermal image cameras in spy and thriller films – our hero looks through his infra-red goggles and sees the bad guys, the heat from their bodies showing up in blues and greens and reds against the night.

But did you know thermal imaging is also used as a annalysis tool? 

In normal conditions, the human body is able to keep its internal temperature constant, no matter what the external conditions. The heat produced is primarily dispersed to the environment through the skin. The skin, like any body with a temperature over absolute zero, radiates electromagnetic energy in the surrounding environment at an intensity which is highest in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

An infrared scanning device is used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualised in colour on a monitor.

 Thermography is a physiologic test which demonstrates thermal patterns in skin temperature that may be normal or may indicate pain, injury or  abnormality. If abnormal heat patterns are identified relating to a specific region of interest or function, clinical correlation and further investigation may be necessary to assist your health care provider in diagnosis and treatment.

Thermographic exams can be performed on anyone and in any condition, including pregnant women, children of any age, or even if you have a pacemaker. There is no radiation or electrical interference. Thermal Imaging can also be helpful in defining other problems such as acute injuries, chronic pain.

In the absence of other positive tests, an abnormal picture obtained with a thermal imager gives a woman early warning and the need for intervention, or change in lifestyle, diet, or other  health factors. 

Thermography can detect abnormalities.

 There are several reasons for thermography’s lack of support by the conventional medical community. Early thermal scanners were not very sensitive, nor were they well-tested before being used in clinical practice. This resulted in many misdiagnosed cases and its utter dismissal by the medical community. Since then the technology has advanced dramatically and thermography now uses highly sensitive state-of-the-art infrared cameras and sophisticated computers.

In 1982, the USA approved thermography for breast cancer screening, yet most of the medical establishment is either unaware of it or still associates it with its early false start. Since most women are also uninformed of the technology there is no pressure on the medical community to support it. Unfortunately, its use in Australia is also not very well-known.

Because 1 in 3 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to help people when there is the greatest chance for survival
Please contact Dr Deidre Brophy Ph: (07) 4096 6177 for appointments or more information, or email us.