WHAT IS DIGITAL INFRARED THERMAL IMAGING [D.I.T.I]?
D.I.T.I is a 15-minute non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries, by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body.
It is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as monitoring therapy progress, within many clinical fields, including:
D.I.T.I is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease.
D.I.T.I detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and/or MONITOR you during and after any treatment.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION – What to avoid on the day of your appointment for Thermal Imaging
- Massage, Physio or cupping – for at least 2 days prior
- Lotions or powders
- Make-up if scanning the upper body of Region of Interest (ROI)
- Smoking – for at least 2 hour prior
- Hot drinks (especially coffee or tea) or spicy food – for at least 2 hours prior
- Stimulant drinks (cola, alcohol)
- Excessive exercise (gym, Sports, walks)
- Sun exposure (solariums)
- Tight clothing (loosen bra or come without. Loosen waist bands)
- Please wear speedos not boxers
- No changes required for medicines
- Patients may wear deodorant
- Nursing mothers – Must be 6 Months clear of breastfeeding
Imaging cannot be performed if these requirements are not met
This quick and easy test starts with your medical history being taken before you partially disrobe for the scanning to be preformed. This first session provides the baseline of your ‘thermal signature’. A subsequent session assures that the patterns remain unchanged.
All of your thermograms (breast images) are kept on records and once your stable thermal pattern has been established any changes can be detected during your routine annual studies.
All women can benefit from D.I.T.I breast screening. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30 – 50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography. This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.
Breast cancers tend to grow significantly faster in younger women under 50:
|AGE||AVERAGE TUMOUR DOUBLING TIME|
|Under 50||80 days|
|Age 50-70||157 days|
|Over age 70||188 days|
*Source: Cancer 71:3547-3551, 1993
It takes years for a tumour to grown thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. D.I.T.I’s role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.
The interpretations are reported quickly by Medical Practitioners or thermologists and returned to you including all colour images taken during your test.