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Commonly asked questions

What is DITI (BreastThermal Imaging)

Breast thermography is a non invasive test of physiology. 

DITI’s role in breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of pathology, whether benign or malignant. When used adjunctively with other procedures the best 

possible evaluation of breast health is made.

Thermography can detect the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and /or MONITOR 

you during and after any treatment.

Is Digital Infrared Imaging Costly?

No, DII of the breast is very reasonable considering the sophistication of the technology involved. Our center’s fee for a DII breast scan is $180.00, which includes imaging, a written report, and a digital copy of your images. Your report will be mailed to you within two weeks. If you are concerned and wish to have your results quickly, you may arrange this with our 

office for an additional fee.

Will my insurance cover the test?

This all depends on your individual insurance coverage. Our policy is to receive payment at the time of service. Thermography is not covered by medicare.

Does Digital Infrared Imaging replace mammograms?

 The answer to this is a resounding no; the two tests complement each other. DII is to be used in addition to mammography as part of a woman's regular breast health care. The consensus among health care experts is that no one procedure or method of imaging is solely adequate for breast cancer screening.

What is DITI used for

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging assists in the prognosis, diagnosis and monitoring of a myriad of different conditions, injuries and diseases like:

  • Breast Disease
  • Headache
  • Vascular Disease
  • Stroke Screening
  • Arthritis
  • Disc Disease
  • Back Injuries
  • (CRPS) Chronic Regional Pain Syndrom
  • Nerve Damage
  • Inflammatory Pain
  • Unexplained Pain
  • Sprain | Strain
  • Dental and TMJ
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Referred Pain Syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Artery Inflammation

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Is Digital Infrared Imaging an approved procedure?

Yes, in 1982 DII was approved by the FDA as a breast imaging procedure to be used in addition to other imaging tests and/or examination procedures.

Who is qualified to interpret Digital Infrared Images?

Thermal images are sent to Pacific Chiropractic and Research Center
Infrared Imaging Lab
, William C. Amalu, DC, DABCT, DIACT, FIACT Board Certified Clinical Thermologist
Diplomate in Clinical Thermography
Clinical Thermology Fellow
Certifying organizations: 
    American Board of Clinical Thermography
    American Board of Medical Infrared Imaging
    International Academy of Clinical Thermology

Dr. Amalu has undergone extensive post-graduate clinical training in infrared breast imaging interpretation under the guidance of one of the world's leading authorities in breast thermography, William Hobbins, MD.

Who certifies your Thermographers?

Thermoagraphy technicians are trained and certified by International Academy Of Clinical Thermology. 

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I've been told that after my intial thermogram I will need to return in 3 months for another thermogram so that a stable baseline can be established. Is this necessary?

Absolutely not! The argument for this practice seems to be that there is no way to know on your first thermogram whether or not your body was changing at the time. I have another question, if the follow-up 3 month thermogram showed that there was change, which image set would be the stable baseline? Would it be the first set or the 3 month later set? It sounds like you would need to do another set of images in another 3 months as a tie breaker. But what if this set also showed change? The bottom line here is that if you did need to return to do any of this the technology must be useless.

What would you think if your doctor took your temperature, noted it as a fever, and then told you to return the next day to see if this first reading was right? Reading core temperature is no different than a surface recording taken under proper thermal imaging guidelines. Either the information taken on the first thermogram is valuable or the technology is unstable and useless due to some variable in the patient’s physiology. Research following patients for over 5 years has proven that the thermal patterns and differential temperatures at the surface of the body are remarkably stable and held within a very narrow range. These research studies were used to establish the normative database to which we compare patients when reading thermograms. Thermovascular patterns are as unique as a fingerprint and can be followed with accuracy for decades. It is when there is a change to this stable thermal fingerprint that a problem is signaled.