Upper Body Thermography
The Upper Body Study consists of twenty-one (21) images covering the head and neck, breast, chest, upper back, abdomen and lower back. Imaging normally takes ¾ hour. Thermography helps to identify inflammatory, neovascular and neurological phenomena based on levels of, and differences in, temperature as well as thermal patterns.
In upper body studies, for example, thermography has been shown to be an effective tool for assessing the functional status of the back—from the cervical to lumbar regions. This includes correlating thermal patterns with trigger points, and dermatomal and scleratomal patterns. Each of these has its own unique map of referral patterns which are used when interpreting a thermogram. By seeing what the human eye cannot see, thermography can assist the clinician in locating the optimal treatment areas. Each has its own unique map of referral patterns which is used to identify the source of the pain, even in the case of referred pain.
With thermographic imaging, we can identify areas of suspected inflammation and infection because they present with heat. Once an area of concern is identified, recommendations for specific follow-up tests and/or examinations become an important part of the thermography report. In addition, many dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors have been shown to play a part in the inflammatory process. It is always important to discuss your thermography report with a regulated practitioner.