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Thermography

Breast cancer is an epidemic. Currently, one in seven women will get breast cancer, up from one in twelve in 1971 and one in twenty in 1950. The incidence of breast cancer continues to rise with the disease occurring in ever younger women. There exists a safer, less invasive, and more accurate method than mammography for examining breasts for signs of cancer. That method is called thermography.

Thermography and Mammography
Thermography has been used by progressive physicians in the USA and Europe since 1962 as a screening for breast cancer. In 1982, the FDA approved this breast screening technique. It is a form of diagnostic imaging based on infrared heat emissions from targeted regions of the body. As the body’s cells go through their metabolic energy conversion processes, they emit heat. Skin temperature is a reflection of the quality of blood flow in that area. The thermography device converts heat energy emissions into electronic video signals displayed on a computer monitor. Up to 64,000 different points on the body are scanned in a single displayed image, each point representing about 1 square millimeter (1mm= 0.04 inches).

Thermography is able to register these heat emissions, providing a diagnostic window into the functional physiologic status of a given body area such as the female breast. Heat emissions from the body can provide an accurate diagnostic window for early signs of breast cancer. As tumors form, they develop new, abnormal blood vessels called neoangiogenic vessels. Thermography excels at detecting these vessels.

Is Thermography right for You? Unlike X-Ray mammography, which requires compression and radiation exposure, Thermography captures important breast health information without any compression or exposure to harmful radiation. This key difference makes thermography a valuable screening option for all women, including many whom X-Ray is not the optimal screening option. Such populations include: women with implants, women with various fibrocystic conditions, women who are pregnant or nursing, and some post-surgical patients.

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