American Academy of Thermology (AAT) Publishes First-Ever Guidelines for Oral-Systemic Thermography

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The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) has published the first-ever Guidelines for Oral-Systemic Thermography as a guide to aid the performance of dental and systemic health infrared imaging, in evaluating patients with dental-oral and systemic health-related complaints.

The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, health care training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging.

The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, health care training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging.

The clinical application of thermography can help physicians both understand patho-physiology and improve patient outcomes.

The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) has published the first-ever Guidelines for Oral-Systemic Thermography.*

The new internationally peer-reviewed Guidelines were prepared by members of the AAT as a guide to aid the performance of dental and systemic health infrared imaging, in evaluating patients with dental-oral and systemic health-related complaints.

Thermography is a non-invasive technology that can be used to image and map microcirculatory shunting associated with circulatory changes in the skin. It can thus serve an important adjunctive role in the assessment of dental-oral and certain systemic health-related illnesses, diseases, and in their clinical diagnosis. When performed and interpreted within the scope of the new Guidelines, oral-system thermography can also play a useful role in monitoring treatment effects of dental-oral and specified systemic health conditions.

The 10 areas covered by the new Guidelines include:

1. Patient Communication and Preparation
2. Patient Assessment
3. Examination Guidelines
4. Review of the Infrared Thermography Examination
5. Presentation of Exam Findings
6. Preparation and Storage of Exam Findings
7. Exam Time Considerations
8. Reporting
9. Continuing Professional Education
10. Emerging Technologies

“The American Academy of Thermology supports the incorporation of infrared thermal imaging into clinical medicine, and its specific utility in the monitoring of dental-oral and applicable systemic health conditions,” commented Jeffrey J. Lefko, Executive Director of the AAT, which is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. “We further recognize a current and ongoing need to promulgate continuing dental and systemic health education in the science and methods of thermal imaging, and in the practical clinical application of variant heat patterns obtained from thermal imaging.”

“Other structural imaging technologies, such as X-Ray, ultrasound, CT, and MRI, do not provide the information offered by dental and systemic health thermal imaging,” commented Dr. Robert G. Schwartz, the President of the AAT who took a leading role in crafting the new Guidelines. “The clinical application of thermography can help physicians both understand patho-physiology and improve patient outcomes.”

A copy of the American Academy of Thermology’s new Guidelines for Oral-Systemic Thermography is available online at http://aathermology.org/organization/guidelines/guidelines-for-oral-systemic-thermography.

For additional information, interview requests or media inquiries, visit http://aathermology.org/contact, email info@aathermology.org or call (864) 235-1834.

About the American Academy of Thermology

Founded in 1971, The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, health care training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging. The AAT provides a forum for those who have interest in medically-related conditions that involve the autonomic nervous, peripheral vascular and immuno-inflammatory systems. The organization also holds annual conferences for the presentation of scientific and professional papers, and serves as the voice of its members in medical practice, health care finance, legislative and regulatory related matters.

Learn more at http://aathermology.org

  • The procedures of the American Academy of Thermology require that action be taken to reaffirm, revise or withdraw this Guideline no later than three years from the date of publication. Suggestions for improvement of this guideline are welcome and should be sent to the Executive Director of the American Academy of Thermology. No part of this guideline may be reproduced in any form, in an electronic retrieval system or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. American Academy of Thermology Guidelines may be revised or withdrawn at any time.

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Jeffrey J. Lefko, Executive Director
Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A.
since: 07/2009
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