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Thermography

Digital Imaging that Could Save Your Life

By Linnea Sheldon

Thermography

Thermography

Thermography is catching on as a screening tool for a variety of ailments and life-threatening illnesses. In additional to regular screenings and check ups by your physician, Thermography can help track changes and possibly detect problems early, so proper diagnosis and treatment can be sought.

Also called Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), Thermography uses 77,000 pixels, which each measure temperature separately. The temperature recorded ranges from – 40 degrees to + 120 degrees centigrade. The camera converts the readings into an electronic signal, which is then sent to a video monitor. This is the same technology the military used to detect heat and people in buildings.

Thermographist Steve O’Meara of New England Thermal Imaging is spreading the word about the advantages of Thermography throughout New England. He is certified for clinical imaging and also has a Chemistry degree. “Thermography has countless applications in the military, energy science, electrical, veterinary, as well as in clinical applications,” he explained.

Mr. O’Meara became interested in thermal imaging through his work on an aerospace project, and during his career in the plastics industry. After obtaining his certification in Building Science and Veterinary Imaging he became aware of the use of Thermography in clinical applications. “I see infrared imaging as a valuable, patient-friendly, additional tool to help identify medical problems.”
He explains that images are taking during the short, non-invasive test. The pictures are then sent to Doctors who are certified through the American College of Clinical Thermography to do the interpretation and look for changes and signs of problems.

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)

The images screen for breast cancer, carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, coronary artery disease, back pain, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, and many other medical issues. The pictures can also be used to diagnose Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. The camera picks up radiation from the body. There is no radiation emitted, no drugs, and no contact, so it is just like taking a photograph.

“In breast cancer screening, a set of 5 images are taken and analyzed,” O Meara said. “Three months later, this is repeated to establish a baseline with no significant thermal change. In breast screening it is thermal change in patterns and asymmetry which may indicate signs of early breast disease, possibly years before other imaging techniques. Thermography has been shown to work well in conjunction with other imaging techniques such as mammography.”

New England Clinical Thermography, Incorporated is based out of Cumberland, RI. They are currently offering thermal imaging through medical practitioners in 11 locations through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Mr. O’Meara also does informational sessions around New England, and often visits Punch Gym at 456 Grove Street in Worcester. Bonnie Lefrak is the owner of Punch Gym, and she believes Thermography can be an important tool for everyone. She regularly hosts Health Awareness seminars at the gym where topics like Thermography are discussed, and information on toxins and chemicals in everyday household products and how they effect our health is given out to the audience.
“My mother died of breast cancer in 2002, she was originally diagnosed in 1992 at the age of 47,” Lefrak explained. “Many women in the audience have similar stories, ad some have personal accounts of their own fights with breast cancer.”

Through her health and wellness business she provides information on the chemicals and toxins consumers are exposed to in our personal care products. “Most people are unaware that chemical surround us,” she explained. “Dryer sheets, Febreeze, the mineral oil in our lotions, that is just crude oil, and this is just to name a few.”

“Information is power,” Lefrak said. “People need to take control of their own health and health care options. That is the bottom line.”

New England Clinical Thermography: www.nemedtherm.com/

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