About Thermography for Breast Screenings
Thermography offers a painless, non-invasive, state-of-the-art screening adjunct that is free of radiation and free of the dreaded squishing.
When used as part of an early screening program, thermography gives women (and men) of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting diseases of the breast at an early stage.
Thermal imaging is designed to improve the chances of detecting fast-growing, active tumors in the intervals between mammograms. When used in conjunction with other procedures, the best possible evaluation of breast health is made.
Literature from the American College of Clinical Thermology states researchers have concluded, “an abnormal thermogram is ten times more significant as a future risk indicator for breast cancer than a first order family history.”
Thermography is particularly useful for women who have denser breast tissue or for women who’ve undergone mastectomy or other breast surgery.
The 10-minute breast screening procedure is valuable for alerting your PCP or specialist to the possiblility of underlying breast disease.
The breast imaging protocol includes 5 images with arms raised: One front view, views from each side and two oblique views, which cover the entire chest, underarms and lymph area.
Initially two screenings, 3 months apart, generally establish a thermal baseline. Regular annual breast screening is recommended once the baseline is established.
All thermograms (images) are archived at a secure data base and form the baseline to which future thermal images will be compared.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is not usually detected by mammograms or ultrasounds. Its aggressive nature makes early detection critical. The image to the right shows a thermogram of a woman with IBC who had no symptoms of the disease.