Computerized Regulation Thermography (CRT)

assessment-crt1Thermography, simply means measuring heat. Even in former times, physicians used the back of their hands to feel particularly hot or cold regions of the patient’s skin and concluded to the health of the organs beneath. Today, we are in a position to use this ancient experience with the help of modern technology.

The use of thermography for medical imaging began in 1962 as a civilian offshoot of space and military high technology. The detection of early breast cancer was thermography’s first medical use. In fact, between 1974 and 1976, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) required the use of thermography in their large-scale, breast cancer detection project. But, as complete diagnostic criteria were undeveloped at the time, the NIH dropped thermography from its program and shifted all attention to mammography.

Thermography measures the body heat in targeted areas – such as the breast or the intestines – as delivered to the skin. Each area of the skin is connected with the internal organs through a neural reflex arc via the spinal cord. This is why for example, diseases of the heart will produce superficial sensations on the skin of the neck region, left arm and left chest wall. Therefore, the regulatory pattern of the skin represents the functional state of the corresponding organ. The thermography device converts heat energy on the skin into electronic data signals displayed on a computer monitor. 112 different points on the body are scanned and placed into a single displayed image yielding a scan of 25 major organs and their functions.

The thermography device does not send out rays to penetrate body tissue to produce an image. It simply registers skin-surface temperature from capillary blood heat conduction through the skin. While x-rays give a structural view, thermography gives us a functional perspective based on physiology and stress response. By studying the skin temperature patterns from the patient’s body, the doctor gains a direct index of the metabolic activity in the various body parts. Responses to the stress stimulus show up in the CRT thermographic scan as, normal, inflammatory(over-reactive), degenerative(under-reactive), or blocked(no response).

Subsequent thermographic scans can monitor and demonstrate the progress of treatments as the blocked areas become un-blocked or the degenerative/inflammatory areas become normal. In difficult cases, we often find information about so far undetected diseases, which may later produce dangerous consequences. Relationships between a focus (e.g. bad teeth, unhealthy paranasal sinuses, tonsils, or appendix) and chronic disease can be recognized. These thermal changes are often the first signs of functional disturbances, revealing them years before they become obvious or before they are proven clinically. Even young people, feeling perfectly well, can be informed about weak spots in their bodies on the basis of their thermogram.

Thermography represents a true “preventive medicine” which helps to avert disease. As thermograms enable the progress of recovery to be followed, they also provide a valuable aid in monitoring the progress of ongoing therapy.

THE PROCEDURE

You will sit in a fairly cool, but not uncomfortable room for 20-30 minutes. The technician will then take the first measurements using the gentle touch of a temperature probe on particular points on the skin of the face and neck. Then you will be asked to remove your clothes from the upper & lower body with the exception of underwear, which will induce a physiological response by the whole body to the “stress” of the cool room air. The technician then quickly takes the remainder of the measurements on your chest, breasts, abdomen, and back.

You are then asked to sit as you are, exposed to the room air for an additional 10 minutes. According to clinical research, it takes about 10 minutes for the body to stabilize and acclimate to the regulatory changes from the internal organs onto the skin. The measurements are then repeated and the test is concluded.

A computerized readout of the regulatory effects before and after the cool stress is printed out which details how your internal organs and their neurological control systems reacted.

Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic