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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THE IMPORTANCE OF IDENTIFYING HEALTH CONCERNS IN MEN

Who are the men in your life? You know, the husband, father, son, brother, uncle or nephew that you love dearly. Or are you the guy who reads articles on men’s health?


Congratulations if you are that guy, but chances are this article will be mainly read by women.


Men are less likely than women to visit a doctor and are less likely to be honest about their symptoms. According to a recent Rutgers University study, “masculine” guys have the most difficulty being specific about their health concerns with male doctors. Yet men are often teased for being overly dramatic when they do get a cold, as if it were the Apocalypse!


At birth, males outnumber females. For every 100 baby girls, 105 baby boys are born. Yet by age 35, women outnumber men. How can that be? In every age group, men are at greater risk for death than women. And although prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, excluding skin cancer, it’s not the only health issue men face.


A 2016 study from Harvard Medical School said heart attacks strike men at younger ages than women: first heart attack at age 65 years for men and age 72 years for women.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims more than 70 million Americans have high cholesterol, which is a known cause for stroke and heart disease, and middle-age men are at a higher risk for high cholesterol when it comes to having a first heart attack. “These men should be treated more aggressively than what often is the case today, so that more infarctions (heart attacks) can be prevented and lives saved,” said Erik Madssen with the Norwegian University of Science.


Another health concern for men is hepatitis C virus (HCV), an asymptomatic disease that primarily affects the liver. When chronic, HCV may lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Men are less able to fight off the virus than women once they have been infected, according to the CDC.


About 8.5 million American men and women develop peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD involves blockages and narrowing of the blood vessels that circulate blood to the lower extremities, which causes difficulty in walking and pain. Left unchecked, it can cause death. Aging, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease are all risk factors for developing PAD. Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are correlated with PAD in some yet unknown

way, according to the National Institutes of Health. An AAA is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. This condition can cause life- threatening bleeding if it ruptures. AAA is the 10th leading cause of death for Caucasian males aged 65 to 74 years.


Some health issues that are more prevalent among women impact men. Although women get 10 times more thyroid disease than men, men aren’t entirely immune to hormonally triggered hypothyroidism. Low testosterone often accompanies thyroid disease. And men also get breast cancer – more commonly gynecomastia, an increase in a man’s breast tissue due to an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone.


Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, afflict an estimated 22 million Americans, most frequently men over age 40 years, especially those who are overweight or obese. The health concerns with untreated sleep disorders are many, including stroke, chronic heart failure, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and depression, and they are factors in many traffic and work- related accidents.


Inflammation has proven to be a common factor in many diseases and often is an early indicator of a serious health concern. Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography offers diagnostic tools for each of the diseases mentioned in this article and more. Both are cost effective, painless and do not use radiation. We also offer home sleep kits that are scored and interpreted by a board-certified sleep disorder physician.


Most people assume ultrasounds are specifically designed for viewing fetuses and other female medical issues. In truth, both men and women gain a remarkable amount of benefits from ultrasound procedures. Ultrasound identifies normal and abnormal structures and provides accurate measurements of various organs. In the abdomen, major organs such as the gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, liver, aorta and other vascular structures are imaged. Cardiovascular evaluations using ultrasound technology is commonplace. Small body parts, such as the thyroid, breasts and scrotum and testicles, are easily accessible by ultrasound imaging. Thermography identifies budding diseases, which can be resolved with proactive treatments of lifestyle changes. In the heart, thermography detects inflammation caused by damaged artery walls (pericarditis), as well as elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood test marker for inflammation in the body. Thermography can also detect blockages and blood clots throughout the entire body. Both are common with coronary artery disease and PAD. Inflammation anywhere in the body – whether it’s the heart, vascular system, thyroid, liver, kidneys and even the intestinal tract – can be detected specifically by thermography.


Many of our male clients choose our Full Body Thermography Scan as their annual health screening. It is a great “predictive indicator” for possible disease in the body. Thermography and ultrasound offer a great proactive approach to healthcare, as well as a sensible, affordable and accurate follow-up to disease.

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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