Northern Arizona Thermal Imaging

How I Got Involved with Thermography... 

   Carol Portrait 80xThumb  "A Thermogram Saved My Life!"

There have been Giant strides in Thermography over the decades.  I first performed thermography 30 years ago when it was used in addition to mammography on patients with symptoms; this was before screening mammography was approved by the FDA. (Thermography was approved for breast cancer screening first, several years before mammography in 1982; mammography was approved later in 1989). The technology at the time wasn't very good, and we had to mail  (remember that?) polaroid pictures of the images from here out-west, to somewhere back-east for interpretation; by the time we got the results back, the patient would have already had surgery!  So, thermography proved to be useless to me at that time, and I abandoned it in favor of mammography.

After performing mammography for over 35 years, it became apparent that I was not detecting breast cancer early enough to save lives... 

Changing to digital mammography did not significantly reduce the radiation dose to breast tissue as it was supposed to; and corporate medicine, of which mammography is a mainstay, have no interest in the discussion.




Acting on a suggestion from a medical colleague, I started researching Clinical Thermal Imaging near the end of 2008; I could not believe the changes in technology!  I quit performing mammography, and in the Spring of 2009, Northern Arizona Thermal Imaging was born.
  • As part of my training to become certified in Clinical Thermal Imaging, in the Spring of 2009, I had a Breast Thermogram; otherwise known as Infrared Mammography.
Later, as spring became Summer; in July of 2009 I found a lump in my left breast. A second (follow-up) thermogram showed a "suspicious change" from my first thermogram.  I then had a diagnostic digital mammogram that showed NOTHING. Luckily, an ultrasound showed the mass, so I was able to have an ultrasound guided biopsy; it came back positive for an infiltrating ductal carcinoma.   
  If I had relied on annual mammography, it would have taken 2 or more years to find my cancer...

...Thermography saved my life!


As a Medical Professional, I am now committed to providing the highest quality medical thermography to people of all ages.  Thermography is safe, (no radiation involved) and painless, (no physical contact).  It only takes a few minutes in a pleasant environment, and you or your health care provider receives a full report with copies of all images in 48 hours on average.

Carol Conti, RT, CTT                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Northern Arizona Thermal Imaging