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What is Thermography?

breast thermography

When it comes to cancer, early detection is the best defense. We now have access to a unique technology that can provide us with this early warning: a procedure called Thermography. Thermography is safe and it does not have radiation. You can do a breast or full body thermography.

Breast Thermography is an excellent screening procedure that captures images of the breast to aid in the early detection of breast irregularities. It is based on the principle of temperature variation, chemical and blood vessel activity in the area of developing breast cancer, it is almost always higher than in a normal breast. Images are captured with ultra-sensitive digital infrared camera and analyzed with computers that seek to detect the increases in surface temperature and vascular changes. Just as unique as a fingerprint, each patient has a particular infrared map of their breasts. Any modification of this infrared map on serial imaging (images taken over months to years) may constitute an early sign of an abnormality. However, if pathology is suspected, this information is used to recommend further examinations and tests.

Full Body ThermographyFirst session provides a baseline of your thermal signature (like your fingerprint) and a subsequent session in 3 months to assure that patterns remain unchanged. Then an ongoing annual comparative study to continue to detect any suspicious functional (physiological) changes. All records are archived for future comparative analysis.

Testing is comfortable and safe, using neither radiation, non invasive and no compression of the breast. Breast thermographic technology has been FDA approved since 1982. It has been gaining national prominence and more widespread use recently, due to the recent mammogram guidelines. Many women make a personal choice to use thermal imaging instead of mammography, while most women use thermal imaging in addition to mammograms and/or ultra sounds. Research confirms Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging when used with mammography, can improve the sensitivity of breast cancer detection. The choice should be made on an individual basis with regard to your clinical history, personal circumstances and medical advice.

breast thermographyFull body thermography includes a breast scan, so it is comprehensive. A full body thermogram which is suitable for both females and males, young and old, can identify pre-existing conditions, acute or chronic issues as serious as cancer, cardiovascular circulatory conditions , pre-stroke, nervous system disorders, repetitive strain injury, TMJ, arthritis, diabetes, melanoma, liver or kidney disease, thyroid disease, lung conditions, dental infections and, finally, breast cancer.

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