The ACCT, Inc is the preeminent thermography association created to establish and maintain accredited standards of practice. The mission of the ACCT is to support its members and medical thermologists by providing continuing education that helps them meet the high demands in this fast-growing industry while maintaining strict standards of practice. All efforts made in this capacity is to improve the understanding and the appropriate uses for thermal imaging in a clinical and medical setting and to best serve the members who utilize this technology
Monthly training courses and annual conferences began at Duke University in 2004 and continued at that location until 2008.
Since inception in 2002, the American College of Clinical Thermology (ACCT) recognized the value of its members as an asset in the healthcare profession. Likewise, it was also recognized that the collaborative sharing of clinical experiences combined with the establishment of high industry standards-of-excellence would contribute to the long-term success and growth of the ACCT.
ACCT headquarters was relocated to Fort Myers, Florida in 2008 and bi-annual conferences have been held in various states across the United States since 2009.
Continued growth of the ACCT has risen exponentially specifically in the United States as well as globally since restructuring of the college in 2018. In 2019, the number of ACCT clinics in the United States was estimated to approach nearly 700 clinics. Globally, there are over 150 international members encompassing twenty-seven countries worldwide.
Public demand for thermal imaging has challenged thermographers to expand current practices and uses for thermal imaging to include:
- Full-body thermography, especially in the use of functional medicine
- Podiatric clinical uses, especially in vascular perfusion defects
- Veterinary practices, specifically, equine medicine
- Cardiac and vascular surgery
- Medico-legal and personal injury litigation
- Public screening during pandemic outbreaks
The ACCT works collaboratively in research and development with several universities and researchers in the design of new technology and applications that continue into the future.