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Exploring Thermography?
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Choosing a Thermography Company




 
 
Exploring Thermography?

Thermography technology has been around for over 50 years. The FDA registered the first medical thermography system over 20 years ago. The medical application enjoyed a period of popularity in the 70’s and has emerged again in recent years as advancements in the technology has made the imaging more reliable and acceptance among the population has exploded! Even though it is classified by many insurance companies as “investigational” or “experimental” the practical reality is that the medical evidence has consistently supported that the technology has advance far beyond either of these imposed labels.
If you are looking at thermography for the first time, there are a few things you need to know:

  1. Studies are consistently supporting the fact that thermography is the earliest possible indication of breast abnormalities.
  2. Thermography has numerous clinical applications including, but not limited to breast and cardiovascular screening.
  3. Even so, thermography is not considered “standard of care” which means the patient, in most cases, must pay for thermography exams.
  4. The Med-Hot cameras are considered a type 1 medical device and require FDA review and acceptance. Be certain any device you investigate has proper registration for either Class 1 or Class III device. (Note: The FDA does not “approve” a device, but it must conform to safety and effectiveness guidelines.)
  5. It is advisable that a report provided by a reliable interpretation service (preferably reported by or over-read by a Board Certified MD or someone who has training and interpretation experience) be available to the provider, unless a representative of an imaging center is an experienced thermologist.
  6. You should be free to use the interpretation service of your choice. Be concerned about a company that requires that you use a specific service.
  7. There are several companies that offer thermal imaging systems for medical use. There is more to choosing a company and a technology than you might expect. Here are some benefits to consider:
    • Technology comparison. Click here for a handy comparison chart.
    • What hardware and services are included in the price, i.e. training, certification, support, warranties. You should expect to receive the camera, computer, and an appropriate stand. Also inquire if a company offers remote support, which is professional and efficient for everyone.
    • Practical experience, professionalism and qualifications of the company’s representatives and principals.
    • What is the company’s policy and costs regarding the training of subsequent new technicians.
    • Availability of certification opportunities and which Association(s) the company recommends.
    • Does the company offer opportunities to upgrade and trade-in a current system for newer models as they become available?
    • Does the company have any programs in place to help you market thermography?
    • And very important, does the company share your expectations and passion for the benefits of thermography.