What is thermal imaging?

Digital Infrared thermal imaging, or DITI, is a totally non-invasive, painless procedure with no radiation and no contact with the body. DITI is a clinical imaging technique that records the thermal patterns of your body. Your thermal images are used by your healthcare practitioner to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of your body.


What is thermal imaging used for?

To help in determining the cause of pain. 
-To aid in the early detection of disease and pathology
-To evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or significant soft-tissue injury
-To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition
-To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing
-To follow progress of healing and rehabilitation.

Is thermal imaging FDA registered?

Yes. DITI was FDA registered in 1982.

Is thermal imaging covered by insurance?

Some insurance carriers cover thermal imaging. Please check with your individual carrier and study provider.

Does thermal imaging require a doctors referral?

No, anyone can request thermal imaging.  However, a doctors referral will be required by your insurance company for reimbursement.  A doctors report and referral will also be attached to your study file, to assist the technician imaging and reading doctor’s assessment and report.

What is the cost of thermal imaging?

The cost varies depending on which diagnostic study you are requesting.  Please refer to our website for current rates and seasonal available discounts.

What parts of the body can be scanned?

Thermal images are taken of the whole body, or individual regions including breast, head, arm, leg, torso, etc. A lumbar assessment would typically include, low back, pelvis, and legs. A cervical assessment would typically include, head and neck, upper trunk, and arms.
Neurological testing can include a “cold stress test”; this involves placing a hand or foot into a bowl of cool water, or having a cool gel pad applied to any part of the body prior to scanning.

What happens when I have a thermal scan taken?

A thermal scan takes approximately 10 — 45 minutes depending on which part of the body is being scanned. You will remove all jewelry and clothes from the part of the body being scanned (for full body scans you leave lower undergarments on), and will be asked to wear a surgical gown. For a breast scan, you will be ask to disrobe from the waist up. While your skin is equalizing with the room temperature, you will be asked to fill-out appropriate paper work.

What do I have to do to prepare for a thermal scan?

There are a few guidelines for preparing for a thermal scan: 
-Do not have physical therapy, massage, or electromyography on the same day thermography is performed 
-Do not participate in vigorous exercise 2 hours prior to the test. 
-Do not smoke for 2 hours before the test 
-Do not use lotions, deodorants, powder or liniments on day of test 
-Stay out of strong sunlight on the day of test 
-There are no dietary or medication restrictions on the day of your scan but no excessive hot or cold drinks prior to the test. 
-Wear loose fitting clothes if possible. 
*Do not come for a scan if you have a sunburn on your chest or the area of interest. You would need to wait until all the sunburned area has peeled off.

Who should interpret my scans and write the report?

All thermography interpretations should be reported by adequately trained and experienced doctors who hold board certification as Thermologist. Thermographers should hold certification from a professional body with approved code of ethics and practice protocols that include quality control guidelines.

Indications for Thermographic Assessment

Altered Biokinetics


Brachial Plexus Injury

Biomechanical Impropriety

Breast Disease


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Compartment Syndromes

Cord Pain/Injury

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Disc Disease

Disc Syndromes


External Carotid Insufficiency

Facet Syndromes



Headache Evaluation

Herniated Disc

Herniated Nucleus Pulposis


Hyperextension Injury

Hyperflexion Injury

Inflammatory Disease

Internal Carotid Insufficiency

Infectious Disease (ex. Shingles)

Lumbosacral Plexus Injury

Ligament Tear

Lower Motor Neuron Disease

Lymphatic Disease


Median Nerve Neuropathy

Morton’s Neuroma

Myofascial Irritation

Muscle Tear

Musculoligamentous Spasm

Nerve Entrapment

Nerve Impingement

Nerve Pressure

Nerve Root Irritation

Nerve Stretch Injury

Nerve Trauma


Neurovascular Compression




Neoplasia-melanoma, squamous cell, basal

Nutritional Disease-Alcoholism

Peripheral Nerve Injury

Peripheral Axon Disease

Prostate Disease


Referred Pain Syndrome

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Ruptured Disc

Somatization Disorders

Soft Tissue Injury


Stroke Screening

Sensory Loss

Sensory Nerve Abnormality

Somatic Abnormality

Superficial Vascular Disease

Skin Abnormalities

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigger Points

TMJ Dysfunction


Ulnar Nerve Entrapment