Thermography Frequently Asked Questions
Does thermal imaging hurt?
NO. DITI is a non invasive test. This means that there is no contact with the body of any kind, no radiation and the procedure is painless.
What are the benefits (for example, in breast screening)?
DITI of the breast offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible with breast self examination, physician palpation, or mammography alone. DITI is a very sensitive and objective physiological test of abnormalities in the breast and as such is an extremely valuable and important adjunctive test with regard to early detection of breast disease.
How is the imaging done?
DITI is performed using sophisticated medical infra-red cameras, a clinician simply captures infra-red images, or “thermograms” of the body or region of interest (ROI). The digitized images are stored on a computer and can be sent electronically to a central data-base where a physician, such as a Radiologist or Thermologist (thermal
imaging specialist), can perform statistical analysis. Significant asymmetries can indicate a physiological abnormality. This may be pathological (a disease) or it might indicate an anatomical variant.
What happens after the imaging is done?
Reports are colour printed and sent to the patients physician / specialist.
DITI detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease, then the physician can plan accordingly and lay out a
careful clinical program to further diagnose and or MONITOR the patient until other standard testing becomes positive, thus allowing for the earliest possible treatment.
If a suspicious (positive) DITI breast examination is performed, the appropriate follow-up diagnostic and
clinical testing can be ordered. This would include mammography and other imaging tests, clinical
laboratory procedures, and nutritional and lifestyle evaluation.
Do I have to keep track of my baseline and/or annual thermograms?
No. All patients thermograms are kept on record in the EMI international database and form a baseline for all future routine evaluations.