What is CRT?
Computerized Regulation Thermography (CRT) is a diagnostic tool used extensively in Europe that Dr Stills offers in the United States. It is a non-invasive, effective way of evaluating the function of the major organs of the body. CRT has been approved by the FDA as an adjunctive diagnostic tool for the following:
- Abnormalities of the female breast
- Abnormalities of the thyroid gland
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Extracranial cerebral and facial vascular disease
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Various cancerous and inflammatory conditions
How Does Dr. Stills Use CRT?
Dr. Stills fondly refers to her CRT as her Naturopathic Treasure Map. By scanning a patient she is able to immediately see what areas of the body are the root causes of disease, understand what further diagnostic tests are most appropriate and accurately create your personalized treatment program.
Here at the RED Medical Center for Natural Health, she utilizes her extensive experience with CRT as an initial diagnostic tool to see the current and future state of her patients’ health, uncovering not only the conditions listed above but also:
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Food sensitivities
- Lymphatic congestion
- Underlying dental issues
- Toxicity of the liver and gall bladder
- Kidney stress
- Many other imbalances.
Often, Dr. Stills is able to pick up these imbalances before they are fully manifested in the body, making CRT a truly preventative tool.
Knowledge is power. I often find that worrying about whether or not you have a disease growing in your body can cause more stress or actually lead to the development of disease you are fearing. By having regular thermography scans you are empowering yourself to be an active participant in your health care and supporting your body to ward off and prevent disease.
Is CRT Safe and Accurate?
CRT is a powerful diagnostic tool, particularly for identifying breast abnormalities and especially in light of the problems and inadequacies with physical examination and mammography:
- A study in Germany showed that 54% of breast cancer patients were correctly diagnosed by history and physical examination; that number rose to 76% when mammography was added but rose to 92% when computerized regulation thermography was used
- Recent studies published in The Lancet demonstrate that breast cancer deaths have not decreased through the use of X-ray mammography
- A Swedish study showed that nearly 30% more cases of breast cancer occurred in women who had been subjected to routine mammograms for ten years compared with those women never receiving mammograms.
Moreover, the accumulated radiation associated with mammograms is quite concerning. Using CRT as your base screening tool alleviates this concern since it is simply measures temperature changes in your body and has zero associated radiation.
Let Dr. Stills be your guide in setting up a preventative screening program as well as a treatment protocol if necessary for you!
The CRT is appropriate for everybody whether they have breasts or not. In men, it is a preventative screen for prostate health.
How Does CRT Work?
CRT works by precisely measuring skin temperatures at up to 120 points across the body before and after exposure to cool air. Examining the differences in these readings gives insight into nerve signals and capillary dilation within the body and exposes potential problem areas or imbalances.
Information from the readings are then analyzed in comparison to a database of healthy patients, generating charts and reports available for reading the same day.
Will the Thermography be Painful?
Absolutely not! Upon scheduling your CRT scan, you will receive a list of instructions to follow to be sure the test results are accurate. These include things such as not showering, exercising, having caffeine, smoking or using face creams the morning of the test, not having sexual intercourse 24 hours before the test and not having dental work 3 days prior to the test. Also, women cannot be tested on the first or second day of their menstrual cycle.
What is a CRT Test Like?
You will need to come dressed in loosely fitting clothes, including a button-down, long-sleeve shirt (and for women, no bra). Hair needs to be pulled back off the face, and no makeup. The test involves three stages:
- First, you will sit in a room for 15 minutes with no cell phone to just relax and get accustomed to the temperature of the room.
- Next, your first set of readings will be taken at points across your body using a handheld, wand-like device that directly measures the temperature of your skin with no discomfort. This part of the test will take approximately 10-12 minutes.
- After the first set of measurements, you will stand in just your underwear in the room for 10 minutes. The room is kept between 68 and 72 degrees, so you may be a bit chilly while standing there, but that is important because it provides a small amount of necessary stress to the nervous system.
- As the last step, the technician will take a second set of temperature readings at the exact same body points. After that you can get dressed and you are done.
What is a CRT Report Like?
The best way to know what a CRT report shows is by reviewing one yourself!