Thermography FAQ

How does the test work?

Thermography uses a highly sensitive, high-resolution digital thermal camera to take a picture of your body's infrared heat and display these patterns in the form of a digital image. The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetry's can be easily identified.

Are there any risks or side effects of thermography?

The camera used for thermography imaging is registered by the FDA and specifically designed for medical screenings. It is a non-invasive procedure that is completely safe. There is NO contact with the body, NO compression, and NO radiation.

What is the purpose of the test?

  • Help in determining cause of pain.

  • Evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury.

  • To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition.

  • To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing.

  • For the early detection of lesions.

  • To follow progress of healing and rehabilitation.

  • To provide objective evidence.

What does the procedure involve?

The test takes about 15-30 minutes total. For best results, you are given time at the start of your appointment for your skin temperature to equalize with the room temperature. Images or ‘thermograms’ can be taken of the whole body or just areas being investigated. A lumbar assessment would typically include low back, pelvis and legs. A cervical assessment would typically include head and neck, upper trunk and arms. Neurological testing can include a “cold stress test”. This involves placing a hand or foot into a bowl of cool water, alternatively a cool gel pad can be applied to any part of the body.

Where is test performed?

Thermography tests are typically done at an X-ray laboratory, hospital or doctor's office.  We administer thermography tests here at The Rothfeld Center at our Waltham location.

Who performs test?

The Rothfeld Center’s Clinically Certified Thermographer administers the test here at our office. The tests are then sent to an EMI Interpretation service, which then provide us with a report of your results that will be discussed during your following appointment.