THERMOGRAPHY: FUNCTIONAL VS. STRUCTURAL IMAGING

Many people are familiar with structural imaging such as ultrasounds, X-rays and mammograms. However, they aren’t as familiar with the thermography option. Thermography is a totally non-invasive option for breast and body screenings. It has been FDA approved since 1984 and is used as an adjunct to mammography for breast screenings.  This rapidly developing technology is used to detect and locate thermal abnormalities characterized by an increase or decrease found at....

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THE SHERLOCK HOLMES OF HEALTHCARE: ULTRASOUNDS AND THERMOGRAPHY

Ultrasound imaging and thermography are important aspects in healthcare – they definitely cover more than babies. Many diagnoses and treatment plans stem from ultrasound and thermography procedures.  Ultrasounds are used to see internal body structures, such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs to find the source of a disease. Ultrasound works by using sound waves with frequencies that are higher than those audible to humans.

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SLEEP APNEA CAN BE A SYMPTOM OF SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS

Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is now offering home sleep study kits. You may be asking yourself why a diagnostic imaging center is introducing sleep testing. The human body is kind of like the old children’s rhyme: “The knee bone is connected to the thigh bone.” There’s more of a correlation than one may think.

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SHOULD PATIENTS HAVE A CHOICE IN THEIR TREATMENTS?

Do patients have a choice in their health care treatment – and should they? After all, they have not earned a medical degree.


Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography believes in empowering patients with a choice.


In every facet of medicine, from prevention to diagnostics to treatment, there are so many conflicting opinions, reports, research and biases. Many patients have become expert WebMD researchers, but what they find is anything but a simple, straightforward answer or direction.


Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is a privately owned diagnostic imaging and screening service that is both conventional and alternative medicine. As the owner, I can attest this business came about from a very personal story.


In 2016, my best friend, business partner and brother was facing a rare terminal cancer. Living in Phoenix, AZ, he had access to the world’s leading “conventional” medical care at Mayo Clinic. The world’s most knowledgeable physician on this cancer was his doctor. As I watched him rapidly deteriorate, knowing he was going to quickly become yet another statistic in this physician’s next paper, I began to research anything and everything on this disease.

This led me to many alternative medical practices and procedures. I have been in conventional medicine for decades and I was very skeptical, but desperate, and quite frankly, the conventional approach was failing.


To my surprise, patients with the same or similar diagnosis as my brother had reported improvement, reduced tumor size and more energy and quality of life with some of the holistic treatments. Sadly, the Mayo physicians were not only discouraging; they almost seemed condescending and left my brother with fear they might withdraw their care if he chose to pursue anything other than their protocol.


There was a news report on the local Phoenix TV station while I was there about one of the “sham treatment centers.” A women diagnosed with a terminal cancer was interviewed. She showed a picture of herself a few months earlier, 40 pounds lighter and very visually ill. She sought out an alternative treatment. The day of the interview she was riding her horse, reporting her illness was in remission. A Mayo clinic doctor followed her on the segment claiming how irresponsible it was for these “sham clinics” to offer such worthless treatments and give such false hope. The station cut back to the woman as she rode off yelling, “YEE-HA to the SCAM! It worked for me!”

The reality is, there is no one answer. Sometimes stories like the one I shared may be just anecdotal evidence. But we now live in a world of medical marijuana, CBD oil, supplements and much more. The main difference between traditional and alternative medicine is the approach. Traditional medicine treats the symptoms and problems of certain areas or diseases, whereas alternative medicine focuses on cause and prevention, often stressing natural treatments. Holistic medicine emphasizes strengthening the immune system to ward off disease.


Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is not a place of treatment but diagnosis and screening. We believe in being inclusive, not exclusive. Offering both traditional and alternative procedures at an affordable cost empowers patients not only to make a choice concerning their own health care, but it also adds more tools to the health care tool box. If medicine was one-size-fits-all and everything worked the same for everyone, the choice would be made for us and WebMD searches would give clear answers. But it’s not – so be aware of all of your choices, and you choose what’s best for you.

KIM DAVIES, RDMS, RDCS, RVS

With 40 years in the field of ultrasound, Kim Davis, RDMS, RDCS, RVS, is the founder and CEO of PCU, 152 W. Tiverton Way in Lexington. PCU can be reached at 859-554-7360 or at www.patientchoiceultrasound.com.

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