Thermography also has clinically valuable applications as an early-warning indicator of heart disease, notably atherosclerosis, before it produces a devastating heart attack or stroke. A thermographic image shows us clearly the areas of diminished energy and blood flow.
For example, if one finger on a patient is a different color on the thermographic image from all the other fingers, then there is probably a blood flow problem to that finger. This in turn suggests there may be a constriction in the artery serving the finger and thus a problem worth attending to.
In effect, the patient becomes his own control; you compare the differences in heat emission and circulatory quality on one side of his body against the other. We establish baseline areas in the body where atherosclerosis is almost unknown. You rarely see it in some of the blood vessels at the base of the shoulders which means you can take heat emissions from this area as the healthy norm for that person. Over time, we have developed models of healthy heat emission patterns which we call the thermograms. When we see disturbances or deviations in this we know something is abnormal. When there is a restriction of an artery, 90% of the time it is due to atherosclerosis.
With atherosclerosis, the thickening and hardening of arteries, thermography enables us to see the progressive deterioration of the flow of infrared energy along the course of a narrowed artery. In this way, you can see evidence of restrictions of blood flow in specific arteries serving specific body areas and know that a heart disease process is underway, and you can take corrective action before disaster strikes. Objective studies as early as the 1970s showed that, of existing technologies, thermography is the most sensitive (98%) and accurate (96%) noninvasive indicator of heart disease.
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