I was delighted to host my first Medical Thermal Imaging clinic in 2013, and am even more delighted that they are still going strong in Shipston on Stour (and many other places across the UK).

If you aren’t familiar with this form of health screening, let me give you a bit of background information. The concept is quite simple. A set of infra red photographs are taken of your body (various options are available – one area of the body e.g. breast, half body, full body and dental screening). This is then used to identify ‘hot spots’ which might indicate that there is disease present. Each of us has natural patterns of temperature variation so later scans taken 3+ months on are when it gets more interesting because our own individual changes will then show up and may be possible to detect very early signs of disease.


is a medically recognised, non invasive, accurate screening method used for detecting disease at an early stage & to visualise pain in the body. While x- rays, CT scans, ultrasound and MRI scans are all tests of that anatomy that measure structures of your body, thermography is unique in its ability to measure your physiological changes to your metabolic processes.

  • 100% safe
  • No harmful radiationThermal imaging
  • Painless with no contact
  • Medically recognised
  • Full medical report from our dedicated team of Medical Doctors who are also Registered Thermologists

Screening is available for:

  • Men and women of all ages
  • Children
  • People who want to avoid radiation
  • People who want to detect early stage disease such as strokes, heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc
  • People who are in pain
  • People with injuries who wish to monitor their rehabilitation
  • People who want to monitor their health over time
Here is a 13 minute video by Dr Dorothy Merritt about the ways Thermography can assist in diagnosing a broad variety of conditions

Indications for a thermographic evaluation:

You will see from this list that it is far broader than just breast scanning. This is a really informative process. I recommend that you have a full body scan done and then subsequent ‘spot the differences’ scans at intervals later to see how things are progressing (or not).

  • Altered Ambulatory Kinetics
  • Altered Biokinetics
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Biomechanical Impropriety
  • Breast Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Causalgia
  • Compartment Syndromes
  • Cord Pain / Injury
  • Deep Vascular Disease
  • Disc Disease
  • Disc Syndromes
  • Dystrophy
  • External Carotid Insufficiency
  • Facet Syndromes
  • Grafts
  • Hysteria
  • Headache Evaluation
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposis
  • Hyperaesthesia
  • Hyperextension Injury
  • Inflammatory Disease
  • Internal Carotid Insufficiency
  • Infectious Diseases (Shingles, Leprosy)
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Injury
  • Ligament Tear
  • Lower Motor Neuron Disease
  • Lupus
  • Median Nerve Neuropathy
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Myofascial Irritation
  • Muscle Tear
  • Musculoligamentous Spasm
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Nerve Impingement
  • Nerve Pressure
  • Nerve Root Irritation
  • Nerve Stretch Injury
  • Nerve Trauma
  • Neuropathy
  • Neurovascular Compression
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuritis
  • Neuropraxia
  • Neoplasia (melanoma, squamous cell, basal)
  • Nutritional Disease (Alcoholism, Diabetes)
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Peripheral Axon Disease
  • Raynaud’s
  • Referred Pain Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Ruptured Disc
  • Somatization Disorders
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Sprain / Strain
  • Stroke Screening
  • Synovitis
  • Sensory Loss
  • Sensory Nerve Abnormality
  • Somatic Abnormality
  • Superficial Vascular Disease
  • Skin Abnormalities
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Points
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Tendonitis
  • Ullnar Nerve Entrapment
  • Whiplash

Preparation for screening

To prepare for the scan the following instructions are given (some are only applicable obviously if that particular area of the body is being scanned) in order to get an accurate scan i.e. one which represents your natural temperature variations:

  • Please fast 3 hours before your Thermographic scan.
  • On the day of the exam, please do not use any lotions, creams, powders, or  Makeup on the body, and no use of deodorants or antiperspirants.
  • If bathing, it must be no closer than 1 hour before exam.
  • No physical stimulation of the breasts for 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • No exercise 4 hours prior to the exam.
  • No treatment (chiropractic, acupuncture, TENS, physical therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound,hot or cold pack use) of the neck,back,chest or breasts for 24 hours before the exam.
  • If you are nursing, please try to nurse as far from 1 hour prior to the exam as possible.
  • No prolonged sun exposure (especially sunburn) 5 days prior to the exam.
  • If you are using pain medications, please avoid taking them for 4 hours prior to the exam. You must consult with the prescribing physician for his or her consent prior to any change in medication use such as this.

During your screening you will be asked to disrobe for scanning and to allow for the surface temperature of the body to equilibrate with the room. A female technician performs your imaging.

The scans take from an hour to an hour and a half.

The experience of screening

I was keen to experience it so booked my own full body scan, and have had several since.

Rosa, the chief technician, not only performed the scans but was keen to provide guidance. For example, she was concerned that I understood the importance of not using antipersperant. Deoderant is fine but antipersperants block the underarm lymph nodes and can cause problems. Also, underwired bras block the lymph flow too so it is best that women avoid those.

Thermography cat scratchesA detailed questionnaire was completed as Rosa asked me questions about my health generally and specific areas of concern in my body. I had some scratches from introducing my kittens to the dogs (!) so those were carefuly noted on the diagrams because the area around them would show as hot so could raise concerns if not explained.

A variety of different Infra Red photographs were taken – front, back, side. Rosa was constantly checking and adjusting the settings to ensure that the scans were top notch. For example our backs tend to be cooler than the frong. For arms, legs, hands and feet she has to ensure that heat from the rest of the body is not interfering with the results.

After the scanning

  • The technician, Rosa in this case, writes up the information she has gathered.
  • Her medical team review the information and provide a medical report back.
  • This report and the images are emailed back to you and to Medical Thermal Imaging.
  • A telephone conversation can be arranged to discuss the findings with you.

A couple of people said to me that they thought the service was expensive. When you add up the cost of the equipment and all the time and trouble Rosa and her team put into the service I think most people consider it excellent value.

What price do you put on your health?

This is a 100% safe screening technique as seen on Embarassing Bodies and The One Show.

Visit Medical Thermal Imaging’s website for more information – Please mention Refreshing Horizons (Ref CF16) if you book – I get a small amount of commission to cover my admin costs if you book with them. If you could let me know you have done so too that would be much appreciated.


Refreshing Horizons provides a locatioin for the clinics and does not provide the service itself.

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Reg. Office: 1 Sycamore Close, Sibford Gower, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5SB

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