Preventive Thermal Breast Scanning: How Does it Work?

A risk-free-method to monitor breast health is thermal scanning, which can indicate risk level for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer affecting American women; second only to skin cancer, and about 1 out of every 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, despite advances in research and public awareness. Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women. Survival rates vary, but have improved, in part due to newer preventive breast screening procedures that can lead to early diagnosis and treatment.

Thermography is a natural breast screening tool which can be used to monitor breast health with the goal of identifying problems at an early stage before more advanced pathology is able to develop. Thermography is conducted using a high-resolution digital thermal imaging camera and looks at heat patterns to indicate risk of developing breast cancer.

How does Thermography work?

The imaging process by which thermography works is called DITI: Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging. With DITI a digital scanner takes infrared radiation in the form of heat coming from the skin, and converts it to colored images. In this manner you are able to obtain a visual “map” of the body’s temperature. The variance in color indicates an increase or decrease in the body’s temperature in the different parts or regions, which could be an early warning sign that there is a problem forming. Because tumors can emit more heat than their surrounding tissue and can increase in temperature as time passes, breast thermography is useful for detecting and tracking suspicious activity in the breast and monitoring changes over time.

A Certified Clinical Thermographer performs the screening, which takes place in a temperature controlled cool environment, with the thermographer and patient following specific protocols.

Thermography: The Process

Some of the instructions that the patient follows to obtain optimal quality images include the following:

• Abstaining from smoking for 2 hours before the test
• Not exercising or receiving a massage, acupuncture, or chiropractic adjustment just before the test
• Refraining from using lotions, antiperspirants, deodorants, or powders on the breasts, underarms, or surrounding areas on the day of test
• Avoiding sun exposure on day of test

The thermographic images are sent to a Board Certified Radiologist for interpretation and the results are classified according one of six categories of risk: Within normal limits, At low risk, At some risk, At increased risk, At high risk, or Previously confirmed malignancy. The patient’s health history, previous scans and other data, and current concerns and symptoms are taken into account and discussed in the findings when interpreting the images.

Depending on the category assigned and other findings reported, establishing a stable baseline, three month, six month or annual comparative follow-up will be recommended along with clinical correlation, objective evaluation, examination of associated history or symptoms, and additional diagnostic testing.

Thermography is not intended to replace any test or examination a practitioner has ordered or advised; rather, it is a tool to help identify changes in the body prior to the development of advanced disease.

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Thermography can detect early signs of the development of disease in the body such as formation of tumors and breast cancer as well as periodontal and heart disease. Thermal imaging scans performed with experience and expertise can allow you to identify and understand potential health issues today rather than years from now when it can be too late to treat.

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