What is DITI?
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is an imaging technique for measuring and displaying the surface temperature of the body. It is a physiological test, as opposed to an anatomical test like an MRI or CT scan, which relies of sympathetic nerve control of the skin blood flow to demonstrate change in the body. This allows objective imaging of conditions which can otherwise not be detected.
Is there radiation? Are there any risks or contraindications at all for DITI?
There is no radiation and there are no risks or contraindications for DITI.
Do I need a referral?
No, Central Florida Thermography, LLC sees patients with both self and physician referrals.
How long does it take?
The scanning procedure can last anywhere form 15-60 minutes, depending on the number of regions scanned.
Why do I need to have another breast thermogram in three months?
Breasts are a unique structure in the body with respect to thermographic imaging. Typically, structures are compared one side to the other, however, this does not apply to breasts. Rather, each breast has its own unique “fingerprint” to which all future scans will be compared. The initial thermogram is compared to the three month follow-up to establish this baseline fingerprint and all future breast thermograms are compared to the original. This allows the earliest detection of abnormalities possible as one of the strengths of thermography is assessing changes over time.
Can I have breast DITI performed if pregnant or breast feeding?
There is no risk to DITI if pregnant or breast feeding. However, due to hormonal change in the breast during pregnancy and breast feeding, no baseline comparison can be made. One has to wait three months after pregnancy or the cessation of breast feeding to have valid breast DITI performed.
Who reads the images and provides the reports?
The thermograms are sent to an interpretation service that employs Medical Doctors (MD) and Osteopaths (DO) who are board certified Thermologists by the American College of Clinical Thermology.
How quickly will I get my report back?
Reports are normally ready in a few days and they are securely emailed to you and health care provider or attorney of your choice.