How Does Thermography Work?

A trained clinical thermographer uses a very sensitive medical digital camera to take thermal images of the body and sends this data to a computer. All living organisms, including humans, radiate heat energy in specific patterns. These images are then interpreted by a qualified physician. In this way, skin temperatures, thermal and vascular patterns, and sympathetic nervous system responses can distinguish between normal and abnormal physiological function of the body. Tests of physiology may be a new concept to the reader. One example is an EKG, which is a physiological test of heart electrical function. Thermography is different than an X-ray, where radiation is passed through the body and an image is developed on an X-ray plate film to produce an anatomical image. Thermography provides valuable information that complements the anatomical images from MRI scans, CT scans, ultrasound, mammography, or X-ray.

“Your smart skin is radiating a wealth of information in the form of photons of invisible infrared light. Patterns of infrared heat are directly related to your function and physiology, thanks to your fascinating autonomic nervous system’s micro-management of skin blood flow in maintaining homeostasis. We capture your thermal patterns with a sophisticated Meditherm infrared camera that measures the heat of each pixel in the image to 1/100 of a degree, technology born in the military’s “night vision”, refined further for medical use and capable of detecting even small changes in physiology.”

— Candace Parmer, Founder of Radiant Body Thermography