High-Resolution Infrared

The name of the game is prevention. Pick up on vascular and inflammatory changes earlier thus opening many more opportunities for intervention.

Welcome to Your Thermography Center

At Gateway Thermography and Diagnostic Center, we are dedicated to the art and science of human health and performance.  With the advances in thermal capture (infrared imaging) thermography is a valuable diagnostic tool.

We use the highest resolution cameras available to ensure we get the most thermal detail possible.

The information gathered may aid in the prevention and/or early detection of certain diseases.  Couple this with some of our other tests and a full comprehensive view of your health status is at your fingertips!

“We want to help take the stress, anxiety, and discomfort out of your annual breast screening.”

Each service below, unless otherwise noted, is complete with full-color images of each diagnostic image and a full report from a certified thermologist.  Please expect up to 14 days of processing time for your images and report.  Rush service are available please contact us for more info.

All of our images are taken by one of our Certified Clinical Thermographers (CTT).

New Patient Intake- Breast Thermography

New Patient Intake- Other Thermography

Hours of Operation

 

Stop in and check us out or call to make an appointment.

Monday through Thursday
7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Friday 7:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Saturday & Sunday Closed

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

You may have some questions about Thermography… We have some answers.

What is thermography?

All objects (above absolute zero temperature) emit radiation.  This radiation can be picked up by specialized infrared cameras.  These cameras vary slightly depending on their use.

Thermography was invented sometime in the 1800’s with the first documented image dated 1929. There are writings back to Hippocrates’s time of doctors applying a mud slurry over patients to watch which areas dried first (i.e. the warmer areas) In the early 1980s specific standards were put in place to create repeatable and reliable policies and protocols.

What is included with my thermography study?

Each thermography service, unless otherwise noted, is complete with full-color images of each diagnostic image and a full report from a certified Thermologist.  Please expect up to 14 days of processing time for your images and report.  Rush service is available-please contact us for more info.

All of our images are taken by one of our Certified Clinical Thermographers (CTT).

What areas are most often imaged?
  • Breast
  • Face
  • Back
  • Extremities (Arms and Legs)
What can you see with thermography?

When analyzing a thermographic image, we are looking at surface temperature, patterns, thermal vascular structure and symmetry from side to side.  Thermography does not “see” inside the body it detects heat signatures about 5mm deep.

How can temperature be of importance in my health?

The most basic of temperature readings, your standard thermometer, for the assessment of infection.  This is looking at a gross, systemic change in temperature that often happens in acute infections.  Thermography can pick up this temperature change and with finer detail.  A thermography image of the body could potentially help locate the origination of the infections, such as in your foot or a cut on your arm.

Often times, when you are chronically ill, you will get normal readings when utilizing a standard thermometer.  After a short period of time, the body adapts and your temperature because regulated again.

Let’s look at a serious chronic condition, cancer.  Cancer cells require additional nutrients and through a series of chemical messengers trigger new vascular growth or increased flow which can be highlighted with thermography.  We will normally start to see a consolidation of thermal vascular patterns as well as warmer surrounding tissue.

How often should I get a thermogram?

I recommend thermography at least annually.  It’s not invasive nor is there any contact or radiation, so why not?!  Now we normally combine this with some of the more advanced blood markers for cancer, as well to get a nice rounded look at what potentially is going on, hopefully, years in advance of cancer.

If the thermography and blood work are clean, depending on your lifestyle and risks.

What if there is an abnormal finding on my thermography report?

It is important to discuss all of your findings with your doctor.  He or she may not recommend any further testing.  If something is detected or piques the curiosity of the physician, then an additional test for confirmation (we always want to confirm regardless of testing method) would be recommended.  This may be additional testing or possibly re-testing.

Mammography vs. Thermography

Mammography uses X-ray technology to penetrate tissue and produce an image. This requires some radiation to be applied to the patient. Due to this technology, most of the image that is produced relies on the density of tissues, essentially examining the breast tissue for micro-calcifications.

Thermography saved my wife’s life and was able to detect issues that traditional imaging could not. She suffered from breast implant illness yet had no breast pain nor deformities. As part of her annual workup, we added thermography of her breast tissue and her health issues were literally highlight right there in front of us. I bring up this point because many are trying to defend thermography against the power of mammography, and I don’t think that is a perfect comparison. If I may use the old adage, it’s like comparing apples and oranges—both fruit, but totally different.

Since that time the FDA warns that thermography should not be used in place of mammography and they are absolutely correct! Two totally different technologies with two completely different sets of outcome data. Mammography does not take the place of thermography either, nor does an MRI or ultrasound.

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