Full Body Thermography
What if there was a way to see into the future? Where you could “see” where illness was lurking, where disease was hiding, so that you could address issues before they became BIG ISSUES? There is. Full Body Thermography is a gentle, painless, non-invasive testing method that is an adjunct diagnostic device for breast health, prostate health, thyroid abnormalities, musculoskeletal disorders and many more chronic conditions. Full Body Thermography can identify underlying causes of many chronic illnesses long before symptoms appear.
Tell Me A Little More About It!
Full Body Thermography is a non-invasive, FDA-approved, full body screening that, unlike regular thermography, is not based on an anatomical view of the body. Rather, thermography evaluates how the whole body (and especially its organs and glands) are being regulated. This is done by measuring temperature changes before and after a cooling stress is applied to the body. We are able to assess dental issues, endocrine function, brain function, digestive issues, reproductive health, sinus issues, and much more.
How Does It Work?
An infrared sensor is used to take temperatures on over 100 points on your body in a temperature-controlled environment while you are dressed. Once this is done, you disrobe down to your underwear and stand in a cool room (68-70 degrees) for 10 minutes. Certain patterns in your body’s response to the cooling can indicate a number of underlying health issues which you may wish to investigate further. Check out this video:
Who Can Do It?
Nearly everyone! Men, women, and children over the age of 6 years old.
Is It Covered By Insurance?
Yes, some insurance companies cover Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)— please check with your individual plan. The CPT Code is 93740 which stands for Breast Thermography/Temperature Gradient Study. If you are uninsured, or if your insurance does not cover DITI, The United Breast Cancer Foundation can cover all or a portion of the cost. Please apply online at www.UBCF.info to get up to $150.00 based on financial need. Patients are encouraged to fill out a one page application on their website even if you feel you would not receive any funds. Please follow up with them once you are approved and check with them periodically.
How It is Different From Other Tests?
Many diagnostic tests require the patient to be exposed to radiation or trauma, as in the case of mammography. Because we are not “imaging” an anatomical view of the body, we are able to use infrared sensors which cause no harm to the body in order to “see” a physiological picture of the body and how it is functioning. This whole body screening is non-invasive, safe, and convenient, especially when compared with other types of screenings. Thermography has been used for more than 20 years in Europe but has recently been automated in order to improve accuracy and interpretation.