Candace Parmer, LMT, CCT, CTT
Clinical Thermographic Technician
Certified Clinical Thermographer
International Academy of Clinical Thermology
American College of Clinical Thermology
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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” when we’ve known breast cancer is associated with elevated skin surface temperatures since the 1850’s, thanks to the work of Spurgin and Sequin? In 1972, the Director of Health and Human Services, Thomas Tierney, stated that thermography is “beyond experimental” in 4 areas:
1. Pathology of the female breast
2. Extra-cranial vessel disease
3. Peripheral Vascular Disease
4. Musculoskeletal Injury
Welcome to the Future of Breast Screening a little earlier than mainstream medicine can integrate presently.
The wheels of justice turn slowly sometimes but they seem to be picking up steam these days as so many truths are getting revealed.
Decades of legal proceedings about missed cancers, yet we are just now getting FDA proposals to create laws that would require mammographers to reveal to their patients that the density level of their breasts correlates to the test’s sensitivity or rather “lack of”. In other words, dense tissue makes it more difficult to detect potential cancers with mammography, an important detail not yet federally required to be revealed on a mammogram in some states, though Oregon, thankfully, has made it a state requirement. But mammographers are not required to tell women that dense breast tissue absorbs significantly more radiation during mammography compared with fatty breast tissue!
In my opinion, thermography in combination with ultrasound, and/or MRI when necessary, will drastically reduce the amount of “over-diagnosis” as well as improving early-detection rates, all while giving women a safer route for screening.