By Lori Novak, Thermography of Wisconsin
Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a completely non-invasive and risk free clinical imaging procedure. Thermography can be used for the whole body or just specific areas such as a woman’s breasts. It detects and monitors health concerns, from physical injuries to diseases, by illustrating the thermal abnormalities present in the patient’s body. Thermography of Wisconsin, which is based out of River Falls, WI offers screening from remote locations including Chippewa Falls & Eau Claire. They strive to provide “professional service with a personal touch” and “to create a private comfortable atmosphere for all your scanning needs”.
Lori Novak, a certified clinical thermographer, sees DITI as a tool that empowers individuals to “achieve their ideal health by promoting active participation in our patient’s overall well-being”. While thermography doesn’t diagnose health issues, it can aid in early detection to allow for focus to the regions of concern. Novak, who is also a certified BSE (Breast Self Examination) instructor, emphasizes DITI as a proactive approach to breast health.
It is great for younger women as well as those whose dense breast tissue makes it difficult for mammography to be effective, including individuals who have had mastectomies.
DITI or thermography is able to detect the subtle physiological changes that accompany breast diseases such as cancer, fibrocystic, hormonal or lymphatic congestion. Novak emphasizes that while many women bring up family history when getting screened, it’s important to note “75% of all women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors“ (Susan G. Komen).
Breast cancer is the number two cause of cancer death in women, so investing in a screening and self examination is a key to early detection. Novak points out mammograms are the most often recommended screening for breast cancer but due to dense breast tissue in so many women they may not be as useful for every woman. Additionally, some women turn to thermography because it is non-invasive, radiation & pressure free .
Novak looks forward to supporting women as they take their health into their own hands through her training in BSE as well as by providing screenings. Whether you see yourself at a potential risk for breast cancer or you just want to prioritize preventative care, Thermography of Wisconsin is there to help every step of the way.