What is thermography??
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) or thermography, is a highly sensitive diagnostic test that scans and measures infrared radiation or heat at the body’s skin surface. These measurements are then translated into a graphic image called a ‘thermogram’. It has been long recognized that changes in skin temperature are under the control of the sympathetic nervous system. In healthy individuals, the thermogram shows up as a unique thermal ‘fingerprint’ with a high degree of symmetry between right and left sides of the body. In times of dysfunction or disease, this thermal pattern may be altered alerting us to a potential problem. Unlike other diagnostic tests, thermography is a test of physiology and function and is not intended to replace other diagnostic imaging tests recommended by your veterinarian. While not solely diagnostic, its value is in its ability to screen and detect dysfunction early, in many cases weeks before it would be clinically apparent. It is extremely cost effective in that it allows us to hone in and localize the dysfunction, eliminating numerous expensive and unnecessary tests. Early and focused detection of pathology leads to a quicker diagnosis and generally leads to an improved outcome for your animal companion.
Veterinary D.I.T.I. is filling the gap in clinical diagnosis. It provides information that other tests can not provide:
- X ray, Scintigraphy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound etc., are tests of anatomy.
- E.M.G. is a test of motor physiology.
- Like scintigraphy, D.I.T.I. is a test of physiology and function.
Thermography is indicated for the following:
- Wellness screening
- Assessing lameness
- Inflammatory Processes
- Neurological Dysfunction
- Vascular Dysfunction
- Stress Fractures
- Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Monitoring response to treatment
- Pre-Purchase Exams and saddle fit
Animals can not tell us that they are experiencing pain, or that the pain medications we are giving are not helping. Recognition of pain can be very difficult, especially for stoic animals and even veterinarians can have difficulty determining if a patient is in pain and/or to what degree. This is one of the most relevant uses for thermography. Although there are certain criteria that veterinarians can use to rate pain levels in animals, much of it is guesswork, which can often lead to inappropriate pain management. Thermal imaging gives an objective graphic display of the subjective experience of pain. As a result we can determine, treat and monitor pain which is one of the most vital components in improving quality of lives for our animal companions.
DITI is a unique, highly sensitive test that is:
- Cost effective
- FDA approved
- Radiation free
- Does not require sedation or anesthesia
- Can be done in your home or barn