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Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging

A non-invasive, safe technique for detecting and monitoring many injuries, conditions and breast health.

What is Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging?

Based on the principle of heat-seeking technology, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging [DITI] or Thermography, is a safe and effective additional diagnostic tool for checking breast health, detecting inflammatory conditions or monitoring a treatment progress for injuries.

It detects abnormal changes in the body which may lead to a more serious disease, before any symptoms are noticed.

How does it work?

A specialist heat-seeking camera registers the heat given off by the skin’s surface, it can then map the body’s temperature and display it in colour on a computer screen.

Thermograms may indicate abnormal activity many years before the condition can be seen by an anatomical test. So they fill a gap in clinical diagnosis.

While X-rays, C.T. Scans, Ultrasound and M.R.I. are tests of anatomy, Thermography is unique in its capability to show the function of living cells.

It has also proven to be a very useful complementary procedure to other medical tests.

What is DITI used for?

At Bury Thermal Imaging we offer our clients, who wish to take more control of their health, diagnostic solutions for undiagnosed pain, sports injuries, dental issues, early signs of potential stroke or women looking for a safe, healthy additional method for monitoring breast health.

Also, those who wish to be proactive in identifying underlying problems giving them more time to choose a treatment option or make lifestyle changes to address the issue.

The process is quick and easy, the images are sent to be analysed by a panel of Board Registered Medical Doctor Thermologists, some of whom are; MD’s, radiologists and oncologists. The results are available within 48 hours.

Advantages of DITI

DITI is non-invasive – no contact with body, no exposure to harmful rays.

Early diagnosis – up to 6 years before a mammogram would show an abnormality.

Picks up abnormalities other scanning methods can’t – soft tissue or nerve injuries.

Quick and cost effective.

Useful for your doctor or health care provider – eg. in monitoring the healing process following surgery.

Breast Health

breast_pathology_3Breast cancer is one of the biggest health worries for women today.

It’s important to understand that Thermography, just like Mammography, does not diagnose cancer, but allows you to track your own unique thermal pattern over time and alert you to any changes taking place.

These ‘changes’ could be for example, precancerous cells, inflammatory breast disease, fibrocystic breast tissue, hormonal conditions, oestrogen dominance etc.

Thermography will pick up abnormal cells up to 6 years before anything would be seen on a Mammogram

This is not a failure of Mammography but a limitation of the equipment. These early indications can provide women with more information and a time to consider with her consultant, her treatment options.

There is no test for women under the age of 50 to monitor their breast health as generally breast tissue is too dense for Mammograms to detect changes. Thermograms are also an invaluable tool for women with breast implants to monitor their health.

Results of this routine study [shown right] led to the diagnosis of inflammatory breast disease. There were no clinical indications at this stage.

Age Average tumour doubling time
Under 50
80 Days
50 – 70 years
157 Days
Over 70 years
188 Days

In a recent item viewed on Channel 5 News on 6 January 2014. It showed how a mammogram can not identify breast cancer within a person who has dense breast tissue. To hear more go to:


painIt is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as monitoring therapy progress, for conditions and injuries.

A patient suffered from acute back pain but there were no thermal findings in the back, however the abdomen showed inflammation around the right kidney. Subsequent tests confirmed a kidney infection.

A footballer’s stress fracture was diagnosed via Thermography.

Our body has a ‘thermal finger print’ which, when working as well as possible, should have a thermal image which is relatively symmetrical. However, due to the way we misuse our body, symmetry is changed due to pain.  DITI is the only method available for visualising your pain.

It can assess pain and pathology anywhere on the body and it is a very useful adjunctive procedure to other diagnostic tools. It is cost effective, risk free and provides instant images.


Breast Screening + Region of Interest [ROI]

Initial Breast screening [including 90 day follow-up] – 30 mins – £240

Annual follow-up – 30 mins – £135

Interim breast screening – 30 mins – £100

[occasionally required if the interpretation is inconclusive]


Half body and breast, including 90 day breast follow-up [2 ROI plus Breast = 3 ROIs] – 45 minutes to 1 hour – £320

Full body and breast, including 90 day breast follow-up [3 ROI and above + Breast] – 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes – £375


Region of Interest [ROI]

One ROI [region of interest ie Shoulder] – 30 mins – £175.00

Half body [up to 3 ROIs] – 45 minutes -1 hour – £250.00

Full body [4 ROIs and above] – 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes – £350.00


Appointments: available on Thursdays and Saturdays, and appointment times vary depending on procedure. A minimum time of 20 minutes will be given. For further information go to