DITI: Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging
By Janet Van Dam
Medical Thermography – Prevention and Early Detection
Breast and Body Screening
Recently I started my new business offering Medical Thermography, also called Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or DITI, here in Centro mar y Salud, which has the ability to identify early breast disease and areas of pain in the body by means of a new ultra-sensitive, high resolution digital camera that can see minute differences in body temperature.
Infrared rays were first discovered in 1800 by William Herschel and further developed by his son in 1830. In the early 20th century infrared technology regained interest for military purposes (to see the enemy in the dark).
Until now, cumbersome equipment has hampered its diagnostic and economic viability, but current state-of-the-art PC based Infrared technology, designed specifically for clinical application, has changed all this.
DITI is a test of physiology, not anatomy (Xray) and shows the different ranges of temperature reflected by the skin, indicating processes that are happening in the body. DITI will detect inflammatory, vascular, visceral and various pain conditions as an abnormally warm pattern. Neurological dysfunction, a compromised immune system and accident trauma will show up as a cooler pattern.
In a healthy body, the temperature pattern is more or less symmetrical, so anything that isn’t, is worth investigating further.
In breast disease for instance, heat patterns that indicate the development of new blood vessels could be the first signs that something is happening and this makes Thermography such an important tool in the early detection of breast disease in women of any age.
Thermography does not only detect breast disease, but also is an invaluable tool in mapping pain. Thermography has been used successfully in the horse racing industry for many years, helping to determine if the horse is fit to race after injury. DITI can clearly show the area of injury and the progress of healing.
In humans it can detect areas of inflammation (arthritis, slow healing after surgery, muscular, infections); nerve damage (RDS, Bell's Palsy); varicose veins, that may not be seen on the surface, but are painful and causing problems; frozen shoulder; numbness and tingling in hands and feet.
Medical DITI became FDA approved in 1982 and has been used extensively in human medicine in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia for the past 20 years.
It is in accordance with 2007/47/EC, required by the NHS and complies with EEC and USA regulations.
Meditherm, a leader in the field of medical infrared imaging since the early 1980ies, provided my training and equipment, which guarantees you and me of the best possible images for screening.
• DITI is preventive health care. It is the only real tool we have to detect early changes in the breasts. A mammogram can only see the actual tumour, once it's there, when a cyst or tumour is the size of a large pea. Then it often is too late to make simple lifestyle changes and a woman has lost a lot of valuable time.
• There is no radiation involved, which could be dangerous for you or for the technician. Did you know that the chances for breast cancer increase with each time you have a mammogram done because of radiation? (1% each time)
• No pain having your breasts squashed in a machine
• Non-invasive. You do not need to be touched
• It can be used for women of any age. Breast density plays no part here. And women who have had implants done, for reconstruction or other reasons, can also have a screening done without any problems.
• Men can be screened for breast changes. Mammography is useless for the majority of men due to their breast size.
• It can see a larger area of the breasts and around it than a mammogram, so it can see more. It looks simultaneously at the thyroid, armpits (which are full of lymph glands), and upper back and neck area, areas that could all be affected.
• The Meditherm system I work with is top of the range, reliable and has been used for many years with very good results. Did you know that thermography has a 90% accuracy compared to mammography with 80%? And combined a 95%?
I am not dismissing the importance of mammography, it is important, but I believe it is time to look at other, reliable options that can work together with mammography and ultrasound. Each has its own special ability in finding disease. Each is equally important.
DITI is unique in its capability to show physiological change and metabolic processes.
It has also proven to be a very useful complementary procedure to other diagnostic modalities.
If you would like to have a screening done of the breasts or any other part of your body, please contact the health centre to make an appointment.
Prevention is better than cure!
Janet van Dam
CENTRO MAR Y SALUD, EL MORCHE
Tuesday & Thursday
11.00 - 17.00 h
For more information and appointments, please contact us.