Thermography Center of Dallas Promotes Non-Invasive Detection
Aug 02, 2013 07:01PM
Dr. Genie Fields
Many women question the safety of mammograms and how they can impact overall health. Recent studies indicate that mammograms could be doing more harm than good for some women that receive increased exposure to the cancer-causing effects of ionizing radiation. Furthermore, it can take five to10 years for breast cancer cells to propagate enough to be detectable by a mammogram. Also, the compression used in the procedure could rupture an existing tumor and cause it to spread. Such risks can be avoided with a non-invasive, radiation-free technology to observe the physiological health of organs and systems.
The body is constantly adapting to the environment to maintain a stable body temperature through a complex process of thermoregulation. In response to both internal and external stress factors, the autonomic nervous system manipulates capillary blood flow to and from the skin, which results in heat emission or withdrawal from the skin’s surface. We sweat when we’re hot, and get goose bumps when we’re cold.
Nerves from the spinal cord that innervate segments of the skin allow a two-way transmission between the spinal nerves and organs. So when the body is stimulated by temperature change, impulses from underlying organs affect the responsive behavior, resulting in constriction or dilation of the capillaries in the skin. Up to 70 percent of the skin’s thermoregulation behavior is controlled by local underlying organs and tissues. The thermometry process measures the surface temperature of 114 body points by lightly touching a wand-like device to each point. Then the body is exposed to cool air for 10 minutes and the autonomic response shunts blood to the head and body core, thereby maintaining essential organ temperature and oxygenation at the expense of skin temperature. Finally, the temperature of the same points is measured again to see how each organ regulated under the stress of the cool-down. It is a quick and painless experience. The results of the two measurements are documented in a graph and a six-page report that reveals the thermoregulation of the body and the functional health of the patient’s various organs and neurological control systems.
Over the past 10 years, the Thermography Center of Dallas has performed thousands of thermography screenings because their patients know annual screenings provide important health information. One longstanding patient that moved to Hawaii was so unhappy with the availability of breast evaluation options that she invited Thermography Center personnel to the island to perform whole body thermometry screenings for practitioners and patients living there. The response was overwhelming.
While thermometry is most often associated with breast screening evaluations for women, Dr. Genie Fields, director of the Center, recommends it as a preventative strategy for men, women, and children. It’s an easy way to find out what’s going on inside the body before symptoms appear. If there are symptoms, it can reveal possible underlying causes of the disease.
The Thermography Center of Dallas is located at 5220 Spring Valley Rd., Ste. 405, Dallas. For more information, call 214-352-8758 or visit ThermographyCenter.com.