The image of this patient’s neck shows a hyperthermic (hot) signal over the area of the thyroid. The patient presented with complaints that could be related to hypothyroidism. She had recently seen her doctor for her yearly physical and her labs were negative for a thyroid condition. She had been dealing with her symptoms for over 2 years, but her lab results were always normal. Considering the thermogram results, along with the patient’s symptoms, she was sent for an endocrinological consult. The endocrinologist ordered a significant complement of additional lab tests that confirmed that the patient was hypothyroid.
The patient presented with neck pain. As per IACT guidelines, an upper body thermogram was done. The hand images showed infrared markers that are seen in some diabetics. A follow-up lab was done with the results positive for diabetes. In this case, the thermogram helped the patient get care for a condition that was going unnoticed.
The patient presented with a history of low back pain radiating into the right leg. She had been undergoing physical therapy with only mild temporary relief. Her images showed infrared markers that suggested a possible disc compression of the nerve root at the L5/S1 level. The patient was sent for an MRI, which confirmed the diagnosis. The patient was finally able to get proper treatment for her condition.
The patient presented with left thumb and shoulder pain due to falling on an outstretched hand. The infrared images of her hands showed thermal findings that suggested the possibility of median nerve pathology arising from the carpal tunnel. Follow-up tests confirmed that the patient had an early case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Rather than being treated incorrectly for an injury to the thumb, the patient was able to get proper care.
CASE STUDY #5 – DENTAL INFLAMMATION & STROKE WARNING
The patient in this case presented with neck and upper back pain. Her facial thermogram showed a display that suggested left sided dental inflammation and decreased blood flow in the terminal arteries of the left internal carotid artery. She was referred to her dentist who discovered an underlying infection. The patient was also sent for further imaging, which confirmed significant arteriosclerotic narrowing of the left internal carotid artery. In this case thermography acted as a risk marker for stroke. Since thermography was able to warn the patient of an increased risk of stroke, she was able to undergo surgery to remove the blockage in the artery.
The thermogram of this patient’s knees demonstrate an obvious hyperthermic (hot) left knee. The patient had sustained an injury to the knee while skiing. She had been treated for a sprain with some relief, but the pain had not resolved long after the injury. The patient had just received an orthopedic follow-up exam with no change in her diagnosis. Since the thermogram showed a significant amount of residual inflammation, the patient was sent for an MRI. The MRI showed that the patient had a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament.