Thermography is a form of infrared imaging of the body using cameras that “read” the entire infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum and produce images. It can be used for the breasts, thyroid/neck, dental, and sinus areas. Thermography uses infrared technology to provide an image of the body’s physiological responses. It does so without the use of radiation, contact, or other invasive means. There are no risks or side effects to the test. Painless and easy.
The state-of-the-art FDA-cleared thermal imaging camera, the NEC ThermoTracer, transmits data of the body’s skin temperature to a computer that converts these patterns to images, stored as color thermal images and black-and-white vascular pictures. Truly amazing.
By detecting thermal asymmetry or by noting alterations of the vascular patterns, a physician can make an informed assessment of breast, thyroid/dental/facial, neurologic, and other conditions. Basically, it can detect physiological, vascular, and cellular changes in breast tissue BEFORE abnormal cells or tumors form. Priceless.
Breast thermography detects the physiological changes in the breast tissue that correlate with cancerous or pre-cancerous states. Cancers, even in their earliest stages, need nutrients to maintain or accelerate their growth. To provide nutrients and oxygen to a growing abnormality, blood vessels are caused to remain open, inactive blood vessels are activated and new ones are formed, in a process called neoangiogenesis. This vascular process causes the surface temperature to increase in the affected regions, which is seen using infrared imaging cameras. Additionally, the newly formed or activated blood vessels have a distinct appearance that thermography can detect.
Breast Thermography is a safe, non-radiologic, non-invasive, painless test with absolutely no adverse effects and no contraindications. It can be used at any age and provides a diagnostic tool far superior to others in the early stages of some diseases. It is well documented in all fields of medicine that the earliest detection leads to the best outcome. In this highly technological era where patients are becoming better informed and more proactive with regard to their health, thermography offers a safe means of early detection
Breast Thermography is a physiological test. Therefore, it cannot identify tumors, but it does provide the clinician with extremely useful information regarding areas of abnormality that can be examined clinically and with anatomic tests. By the time a tumor has grown large enough to be detectable by physical examination or mammography; it has in fact been growing for several years, doubling in size more than 25 times from the original malignant cell colony. Since thermal imaging detects changes at the cellular level, studies suggest that this test can detect activity – such as neoangiogenesis – eight to ten years BEFORE any other test. Thermography affords us the unique opportunity to view the physiological changes that occur BEFORE the actual formation of the tumor.
Thermography of the neck and face is excellent in the early detection of the physiological changes in the thyroid, teeth, and sinuses that correlate with possible dysfunctions, infections, and tumors. Dr. Lisa Sulsenti can share her personal experience with finding a major thyroid and dental issue upon having a routine breast, thyroid, and dental thermography in our office.
Thermography is also done with black and white. This photo shows an infection in a tooth that she had no idea she had because she had no pain. At the time, she was dealing with gum disease, bleeding and inflammation in the teeth, and a constant sinus drip. She did not realize this infection was the cause of both until almost a year later when the tooth was removed. It was only then that the bleeding and sinus drip stopped entirely. She finally had a healthy mouth and functioning sinuses.
Until that time, she had much difficulty getting her dentist to fix her gum issues and to understand her thermography results. Unfortunately, she ended up with a root canal that resulted in a serious abscess. At this time, the dentist realized the tooth infection ate away at the sinus bone and invaded the sinus cavity above the root canal tooth. She quickly learned both the failures and problems of root canals and dental practices as well as, the life-changing benefits of thyroid, dental, and sinus thermography. How long did this infection live within her gums? Why don't dentists and allergists use thermography for early detection and to determine possible causes of symptoms?
Not shown here, her thyroid thermography photo came back all in red, meaning inflammation was present. After being sent for a follow-up ultrasound, they found a 3 cm mass in her thyroid. Yes, she had a suspicion she had a thyroid problem, but not such a large mass. And, because her thyroid lab testing came back normal over the years, she could not get the proper validation until thermography. That was almost too late for her, but due to her background in functional medicine, she has worked hard to find the cause and repair what she can of this dysfunction. Thermography is a safe, non-radiologic, non-invasive, painless test with absolutely no adverse effects and no contraindications. We did not expect to love the power of early detection with this little camera! It is an absolute must for all of us! Do not miss out on this chance!
Our Breast Thermography is performed in our office only on certain days listed below by a partner company, TDI. The way to begin is to contact our TDI thermography technician, Liesha Getson, with questions and to book appointments. You can choose breast and/or thyroid, dental,
She is truly an expert in breast health.
Our Breast Thermography is performed in our office by Board Certified Thermographic Technician, Liesha Getson who has been practicing in the field since 2004. She is a Holistic Health Counselor having studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Parapsychic Sciences from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Additionally, she completed training for qualification as a Certified Cancer Support Educator from the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education.
She is a Reiki Master and an Integrative Energy Practitioner, and in a joint venture with other holistic practitioners has formed “Health Through Awareness” a collaborative effort to provide a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living through adjustments in diet and lifestyle
Dr. Phillip Getson, D.O.
Our Breast Thermography images are analyzed and reports are written by Dr. Phillip Getson. He is a family physician practicing in NJ since 1976. He is an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and has lectured extensively on the subject at national conferences such as Pain Week and the American Association of Pain Management as well as internationally.
He is a former member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association of America and one of their designated speakers. He was the presenter at the RSD Association’s online CME-accredited conference for doctors to enable their understanding of the disease. To date, he has evaluated over 2000 patients with CRPS, and his YouTube presentations have been viewed by more than 250,000 individuals.
He was an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia until its closing and a member of the medical staff at Virtua, Thomas Jefferson University, and Cooper Hospitals. His work at Drexel, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Schwartzman, included formulating the initial protocols for in- and outpatient Ketamine infusion therapy and he was one of the first physicians in the country to utilize this treatment for CRPS.
He is a Board Certified Thermologist and has reviewed more than 50,000 Thermographic Studies of the breast, thyroid, dental, and neuromuscular systems since 1982. He has been certified by four Thermographic Boards, has lectured nationally and internationally regarding Thermographic testing, and has authored several papers on the subject. He served as Vice President of the American Academy of Thermology during which time he was Chairman of the committee responsible for formulating the first-ever protocols for breast and neuromuscular thermography that has since been accepted by the National and International Thermographic Communities.
TDI (Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging) was established in 1982 by Dr. Phillp Getson to provide superior-quality infrared imaging. Their studies include imaging of the breast, thyroid/dental/facial regions, and neuromusculoskeletal systems. Dr. Getson is the Medical Director of TDI and is considered an international expert in the field of medical Thermography. All studies are performed by Board Certified Thermographic Technicians, Liesha Getson, and Marianne Miano.
TDI strictly adheres to the protocols set in place by the American Academy of Thermology. Each breast Thermogram is a “full study” of 18 images, with 9 views in color and 9 in black-and-white. The first set of images is taken in color after which a cold challenge is employed, in order to increase blood flow through the breast. Following this, the second set of images is taken in black and white. All images are taken in controlled environments with special attention to temperature and ambient light, and instructions are given to each patient prior to their study to ensure the accuracy of the Thermogram.
When reviewing the images, Dr. Getson takes the imperative step to “mark up” the images to indicate the exact temperature ( to one-tenth of a Centigrade degree), not only to compare temperature variations on either side of the body but also to assure that the same areas can be measured on all future studies.
As part of a patient-centered approach, each patient is given the option of discussing the results of their Thermogram with Dr. Getson during a phone conference, at which time the images are reviewed and recommendations made upon the patient’s request. The next steps may include further diagnostic testing, as well as nutritional and dietary counseling, detoxification, and other approaches to health. TDI strives to empower individuals with all the knowledge they need to help them become proactive in their lifestyle choices to maximize their well-being.