Many people are familiar with structural imaging such as ultrasounds, X-
Ultrasound imaging and thermography are important aspects in healthcare – they definitely cover more than babies. Many diagnoses and treatment plans stem from ultrasound and thermography procedures. Ultrasounds are used to see internal body structures, such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs to find the source of a disease. Ultrasound works by using sound waves with frequencies that are higher than those audible to humans.
Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is now offering home sleep study kits. You may be asking yourself why a diagnostic imaging center is introducing sleep testing. The human body is kind of like the old children’s rhyme: “The knee bone is connected to the thigh bone.” There’s more of a correlation than one may think.
Remember when you went to see your physician and he or she decided you needed a diagnostic test? The office set up an appointment and your employer-
Many women who have a routine mammogram will be summoned back for a repeat mammogram and/or ultrasound. Have you ever been called back? If so, you know all too well the fear that goes along with waiting and praying. For decades now, the annual mammogram campaign has been fierce and continuous as an essential way to protect oneself from breast cancer. Many women feel they are being reckless if they do not get an annual screening, said Dr. Lisa Schwartz, a professor at....
Who are the men in your life? You know, the husband, father, son, brother, uncle or nephew that you love dearly. Or are you the guy who reads articles on men’s health? Congratulations if you are that guy, but chances are this article will be mainly read by women. Men are less likely than women to visit a doctor and are less likely to be honest about their symptoms. According to a recent Rutgers University study, “masculine” guys have the most difficulty being specific about their....
As I’m writing this article, the elections are here and, as usual, the opinions, complaints, fears and concerns about healthcare are as diverse as the potential medical conditions there are to acquire.
By the time this article is printed, the elections will be decided – but chances are great the healthcare crisis will continue. In fact, this concern is more than a century old.
A new year always brings reflections on the events of the past year. What made an impression, evoked a change, inspired an idea or created a memory? There were many such events for me in 2018. I started a new business at the beginning of the year, and several immediate family members suffered serious health issues. Illnesses, surgeries, transplants and final farewells among my loved ones all came in quick succession.
Healthcare costs remain unknown upfront despite recent legislation enacted to be in effect Jan. 1, 2019. The Hospital Pricing Transparency Rule mandated that all hospitals publish their current standard charges online in a readable format. This pricing information is to be updated at least annually. Finally, as a patient and consumer, you can find out the cost of any and all charges for which you will be responsible.
Have you ever thought of your vascular health? My guess is probably not. But you should, because the veins and arteries are the vital highways of our blood system. If they are not functioning properly, it could lead to major health concerns – possibly even death. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is any disease or disorder of the circulatory system outside of the brain and heart that affects blood vessels anywhere in the body. Blood vessels may become blocked, restricting the flow of blood and....
Do patients have a choice in their health care treatment – and should they? After all, they have not earned a medical degree. Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography believes in empowering patients with a choice. In every facet of medicine, from prevention to diagnostics to treatment, there are so many conflicting opinions, reports, research and biases. Many patients have become expert WebMD researchers, but what they find is anything but a simple, straightforward answer or direction.
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Many people are familiar with structural imaging such as ultrasounds, X-
This rapidly developing technology is used to detect and locate thermal abnormalities characterized by an increase or decrease found at the skin surface. The technique involves the detection of infrared radiation naturally emitted from the body that can be directly correlated with the temperature distribution of specific areas of the body. These exclusive patterns tell a story about what’s happening inside your body and particularly in the breast. Everyone has a unique thermal pattern that is exclusive to them; no two people are alike thermographically.
Scans can be used for specific screenings to see the function of the thyroid, intestinal health, dental health, inflammatory conditions, joints and muscles and the lymphatic and vascular systems. The breast screening monitors breast health and looks at their overall function. Thermography can indicate active fibrocystic disease, irregular vascular patterns, inflammation and even hormone imbalances. Thermography has achieved an average sensitivity and specificity of 90 percent. Because it’s non-
for those with breast implants or dense or painful breasts. The breast images are very individual; like your thumbprint is exclusive to you, your breast thermogram is exclusive to you and these patterns should never change. The images you see on your first visit should look the same way from that day on. If there is ever a change, it does not necessarily indicate cancer but can alert you to areas of concern and show your practitioner exactly where to look.
Since thermography is able to detect hormone level changes, it can be useful in assisting your physician in determining if you have a hormone imbalance such as estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance increases the chances of certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. An estrogen-
Studies have shown when a specific hyperthermia pattern in the T2 or T3 thoracic vertebrae regions at the base of the neck is present, this indicates an overactive autoimmune system. This information can be helpful in the diagnosis
of some autoimmune diseases, although not precisely which autoimmune dysfunction. Often, this will validate those suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms or chronic pain. Sadly, it can take years for those with autoimmune conditions to get a diagnosis, but because thermography can “see” inflammation, pain sources and the lymphatic system, many people are finding this screening helpful in guiding them and their practitioner in treatments.
The lymphatic system is another important area to screen. It moves fluid and infection-
You do not need a referral or prescription from your practitioner to get a thermogram. It’s so important to me that women in our community know they have choices in their healthcare and where they go for their healthcare. All our images are interpreted by medical doctors who are board certified in thermography.
With 10 years in the field of thermography, Becky Chandler, ACCT, Advanced Clinical Thermographer, is a partner at Patient Choice Ultrasound & Thermography located at 152 W. Tiverton Way in Lexington. PCU can be reached at 859-