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Thermography

The Lens That Detect Temperature

Thermography is a non-invasive, non-contact tool that uses the heat from your body to detect of a host of health care conditions. A health consultant can then use the image map to determine if abnormal hot or cold areas are present.

Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imagingis a non-invasive screening procedure that detects and records infrared heat emissions from the breast, which can aid in the early detection of abnormal changes in breast tissue.

The procedure is based on the principle that chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in the normal breast. 

No.  Thermography isa non-invasive test. This means that there is no contact with the body of any kind, no radiation and the procedure is painless

Yes. Thermography detects changes or abnormalities in physiology that can show up in the future as a tumour, detectable on a mammogram.

Unlike mammography and ultrasound, thermography is a test of physiology, meaning it looks for functional changes in breast tissue which may indicate trouble years before a tumor can be detected by other means.

It detects and records the infrared heat radiating from the surface of the breasts. It can help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors for the future development of cancer.

Mammography and ultrasound are tests of anatomy. They look at structure. When a tumor has grown to a size that is large enough and dense enough to block an x-ray beam (mammography) or sound wave (ultrasound), it produces an image that can be detected by a trained radiologist. Most cancers are detected by mammography when the diameter of the tumor has grown to the size of a dime and contains over 4 billion cells.

When used as part of a multi-modal approach (thermography + clinical examination + mammography), 95-98% of early stage breast cancers can be detected.

Thermography can be utilized by all women, all shapes, all sizes and all ages. It is not limited by breast density and is ideal for women who have had cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, women with large or small breasts, a history of fibrocystic breast disease, and women with dense breast tissue.

It is recommended that women begin thermography screenings at age 20. Since most women do not have a mammogram until age 40, there is a critical time period from ages 20 to 39 that thermography could be beneficial. The incidence of breast cancer in women under age 40 is on the rise. By beginning the screening process at age 20, we are able to establish a very normal baseline to which all future thermograms can be compared. 

Neither mammography, ultrasound, nor thermography can diagnose cancer. Only a biopsy can definitely diagnose cancer. When used together, thermograms, mammograms, and breast clinical examinations offer the best screening evaluations for a woman breast health.

One day there may be a single method for the early detection of breast cancer. Until then, using a combination of methods will increase your chances of detecting cancer in an early stage. These methods include:

   ·        Regular breast thermography for women of all ages, starting at age 25;

   ·        Mammography, when appropriate, for women over 50;

   ·        A regular breast examination by a health professional;

   ·        Monthly breast self-examination

   ·      Personal awareness for changes in the breasts.

It can be used to scan any body parts which the patient feel pain. This is because, thermography helps to identify the changes of temperature in the cell level.