Candace Parmer, CCT, CTT
Certified Thermographic Technician
Certified Clinical Thermographer
International Academy of Clinical Thermology
American College of Clinical Thermology
As a clinical thermographic technician since 2014 and a board-certified orthopedic manual therapist prior to that (2007-2017), plus a lifelong interest in health, I believe my experiences are a perfect combo for medical imaging. My background in anatomy and physiology comes in handy; if necessary, I can help you understand any medical terminology mentioned in your report and can easily communicate with doctors about your concerns or issues, but I’m just a technician. I cannot read images nor do I sell any kind of treatments, gadgets, pills, potions or lotions based on your report results or otherwise - that would be practicing medicine. I am not a doctor, but I’m great with a medical infrared camera because I’ve been observing alignment in bodies for well over a decade so can easily get you in perfect position for perfect images.
Using thermography to assist in locating potential causes of pain was a huge advantage in my bodywork practice - business exploded after acquiring an infrared camera because it showed me abnormally cold places that might be in need of increased blood flow. Your body worker and other practitioners will love getting to see your images.
Not knowing anything about breast cancer when I acquired a camera, I specialized in imaging everything except breasts. After learning about the unique properties of thermal imaging for assessing risk of breast disease, it was a no-brainer to launch a dedicated thermography clinic to fill the gap that conventional medicine has been reluctant to embrace.
Does it make sense to say “No, let’s not include the only breast test that measures skin temperatures” even though we’ve know breast cancer is associated with elevated surface temperatures for centuries? In 1972, the Director of Health and Human Services, Thomas Tierney stated that thermography was “beyond experimental” in 4 areas:
1. pathology of the female breast
2. extra-cranial vessel disease
So why did insurance stop paying for it in 1994? Was it able to show a jury the patient’s pain that no other imaging could, thus causing too many patient “victories” in court? Or was it capable of detecting breast pathology before tumors formed and thus a threat to the “lump and bump business”?