Crovetti Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Introduces Infrared Medical Imaging to Its Diagnostic Offerings
Non-invasive thermal imaging provides increased accuracy in diagnosis.
Dr. Chris Robey, Doctor of Chiropractic at Crovetti Ortho, is among those who believe this technology is an invaluable tool to assist patients. "The precision that infrared medical imaging provides in isolating the source of an injury now allows us to build an even more precise journey toward a patient's recovery," he explains.
"The principle behind infrared medical imaging is that different tissues and objects emit different amounts of heat due to variations in inflammation, blood flow, and metabolism,"
IMI can also help identify areas of 'referred pain' (pain felt at a location other than the actual injury site), as well as the discovery of soft tissue injuries. Both of these painful conditions may have required more of a trial-and-error approach in the past, but now the addition of IMI narrows the search.
The effectiveness of IMI in the treatment of patients with injuries has also been demonstrated to be a reassuring and empowering factor in pursuing a treatment plan. The ability to review the images with their physician gives assurance to patients regarding their diagnosis and prognosis. Being able to visually track the progress of their own efforts through IMI can motivate them to continue their path to recovery.
The results of a Case Study for one of Dr. Robey's patients clearly demonstrates the successes to be achieved in utilizing infrared medical imaging:
CASE STUDY CONCLUSION
Her IMI results showed:
"The advantages of infrared medical imaging cannot be overstated in our profession,"
It is important to note, however, that IMI is not a standalone diagnostic; its findings are typically used in conjunction with other medical examinations and tests for a comprehensive evaluation. But with the varied medical specialists available at Crovetti Orthopaedics, patients are often able to gather those additional assessments in-house – which saves them a lot of valuable time and inconvenience.
Dr. Michael Crovetti adds, "Any time that can be saved in the process of diagnosing a patient's condition is absolute 'gold' in my book. When you're in pain, the last thing you want to do is waste any time trying to find out why you hurt, and more importantly - how it can be stopped. By offering infrared medical imaging, our patients can be diagnosed both quickly and accurately, and that's important to everyone involved."