Breast & Body Thermography
Education - Early Detection - Peace of Mind
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), also known as Thermography, is a 15-minute, non-invasive clinical imaging procedure of physiology. This procedure is a valuable complement to your ongoing breast healthcare plan, as well as showing changes in physiology after surgery or a sports injury to any area of your body. The benefit of thermography is the opportunity to detect breast disease earlier than has been possible with self-exam, physical exams, or mammography.
Thermography detects the subtle physiological and vascular changes that can go undetected with standard screening.
Medical ThermographyDigital Infrared Thermal Imaging (or DITI) is a non-invasive clinical imaging procedure used to detect and monitor many diseases and physical injuries. The images generated by the infrared scanning device allow a certified examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. The scanning device converts heat (infrared radiation) emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are displayed in color on a monitor. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature of an individual (this image is called a thermogram). The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of heat emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries are identified easily by a trained clinician. (Source: American College of Clinical Thermology: ACCT)
In Sports Medicine, DITI has been helpful as a diagnostic tool in the differential diagnosis of neuromusculoskeletal injuries and their prognosis for return to participation and competition. DITI helps confirm a diagnosis and can be used as a gauge to clinically assess progress and treatment response, as well as being a prognostic indicator.
DITI is useful for the diagnosis and treatment of:
- Patellofemoral Syndromes
- Ankle Injuries
- Shin Splints
- Stress Fractures
- Myofascial Pain Syndromes
- Spinal Pain Syndromes
- Shoulder Injuries
- Foot Pain Syndromes
- Vascular Disorders
One of DITI’s biggest contributions to sports medicine is in the detection of the post-traumatic pain syndromes of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome) and sympathetic pain syndromes which can occur after minimal injury. These have traditionally been difficult to diagnose. DITI provides an invaluable window into the autonomic/sympathetic nervous system, which records via somatic cutaneous reflex, the sympathetic response to pain and injury. (Source: Meditherm )
About Lisa Marie Taylor
As a small business owner, mother of four, and an avid athlete, I understand how important it is to take care of yourself. I started working as a Physical Therapy Aid as a means to my P.A. Masters degree but had an opportunity to work with patients, therapists, and physicians through an orthopedic device company. I also worked in medical sales recruiting and ENT device sales. I still call on that 20 years’ worth of experience and knowledge to help inform myself and my clients in my Thermography practice.
I enjoy running and have participated in ultramarathons, marathons, triathlons, as well as hiking, golfing, and just hanging out in our beautiful Marin County backyard. Making a difference in health and healthcare is, and has always been, an important factor in what I do and why I do it.
Now with thermography, I hope that I may assist many people, especially in breast health screening, in making thermography a part of a standard of care. I started getting thermography for myself about 10 years ago as an adjunct to my mammograms.
I encourage women and men to use more than one means of screening and consider different screening tools that compliment each other. Thermography sees what a mammogram can not and vice versa. Together we all can make a difference in breast health care with the right tools, early detection, and more options.
I am a Certified Clinical Thermographer from the American College of Clinical Thermology (ACCT). In association with Meditherm guidelines, all of the thermograms I take are read by certified MDs.
I am a member of IAW (International Association of Women), BNI (San Rafael chapter), MedFit Network, and I sit on the board of the Novato South Little League as well as volunteering for my fourth year as Sponsorship Chair.