Monday, December 29, 2008
Thermography is the scientific approach of taking precise temperatures and acquiring from them meaning. There are two different systems in medical thermography for gathering the temperature data. One is with the use of infrared photography, and the other is by direct measurement with a temperature probe. The later form is much more accurate, and is the method utilized in Computerized Regulation Thermography (CRT).
The CRT equipment takes precise temperature readings at about 120 different points on the body. The body is then put through a 10-minute cool-down period, which introduces stress followed by a repeat taking of the temperatures at each of the prior points. A computerized assessment of the temperature readings is then undertaken utlizing a database of more than 30,000 patient temperature readings.
A few of the things which the CRT can point to include: 1) the presence of cancer and the likelihood for it developing, 2) toxicity, 3) inflammation, 4) allergies, 5) infections, and 6) stress coping ability. It is a recognized alternative/adjunctive diagnostic screening tool for breast cancer when a person desires to avoid the radiation of mammograms. The CRT is valuable in its ability to point to a potential health problem. Many abnormalities found on CRT may require more specific and pointed diagnostic procedures to accurately diagnose a health problem. For example, a CRT may show a warm, poorly regulated point on a breast. This may necessitate a follow-up ultrasound, mammogram, and/or biopsy to rule out breast cancer.
A CRT scan assesses the stress load/function of each of the major organs in the body including: lungs, heart, stomach, intestines, colon, ovaries/prostate, uterus/bladder, kidneys, spine, sinuses and lymphatic system. A scan takes about 40-50 minutes and involves no radiation of any kind.