upper body images


Thermography is a safe, non-invasive imaging tool, helpful in the assessment for the risk factors of such ailments as:

  • Arthritis
  • Breast Health Evaluation
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Chronic Nerve Injury
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache / Sinus Pain
  • Neck and Back Problems
  • Pain Evaluation
  • Referred pain
  • Visualization of Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries/ Sports Injuries

Thermography is not a stand alone diognostic tool.

List of some of the medical associations and institutions who support the use of thermography in their practice:

the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs;
American Academy of Medical Imaging; ACA Council on
Diagnostic Imaging; ICA Council on Diagnostic Imaging;
American Academy of Pain Management; American Academy
of Head, Neck and Facial Pain; and TMJ Orthopedics have all
issued statements confirming its efficacy as a valid diagnostic tool.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;
Georgetown University of Medicine;
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center;
Tulane University;
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris;
University of Copenhagen;
Verona University Hospital (Italy)
Yeshiva University Medical School in Tel Aviv

For patients experiencing back pain, thermography has been used to assess conditions of the facet joints, discs, myofascial conditions, nociceptive ones and nerve entrapments. A study by the UCSF Department of Radiology concludes that lumbar thermography is a "sensitive examination for detecting those patients who will demonstrate lumbar spinal CT abnormalities, and should play an important role in the diagnostic screening of low back pain syndrome patients.

B. M. Gratt and M. Anbar Section of Oral Radiology, UCLA School of Dentistry 90095-1668, USA.