Philip Getson, DO, Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Philadelphia, PA, discusses thermography and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
Dr. Getson says any patient that has a sympathetic dysfunction, such as CRPS, should have a thermogram. Patients should get thermograms for diagnostic reasons, baseline, and for the predictive factor of the test. CRPS may be present in one limb and a thermogram may show the disease migrating to other parts of the body.
Thermography can show changes in the sympathetics in other areas of the body before the patient has symptoms. This allows the clinician to expect the patient’s future symptoms.
Dr. Getson says thermography is cost effective and covered by many insurers. Thermography is also a safe diagnostic test because there is no radiation. Rather than be confined to a tube as in MRI scans, the patient stands in front of the thermography camera, which takes a picture of the patient’s body heat.
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