All of these findings were confirmed utilizing other diagnostic tests. The thermal findings indicated abnormal thermal patterns that lead to these diagnosis, allowing these patients to be proactive with their health.
With the new ultra-sensitive, high resolution digital infrared cameras available today a technology that has been developing over the past 20 years is creating renewed interest. Canadian researchers recently found that infrared imaging of breast cancers could detect minute temperature variations related to blood flow and demonstrate abnormal patterns associated with the progression of tumors. These images or thermograms of the breast were positive for 83% of breast cancers compared to 61% for clinical breast examination alone and 84% for mammography.
Thermography as a physiologic test, demonstrates heat patterns associated with inflammation, nerve damage and blood flow problems. Thermography is especially suited for detecting breast abnormalities, the test can detect subtle changes in breast temperature that indicate a variety of breast diseases and abnormalities and once abnormal heat patterns are detected in the breast, follow-up procedures including mammography are necessary to rule out or properly diagnose cancer and a host of other breast diseases such as fibrocystic syndrom, Pagets disease, etc.
By performing thermography years before conventional mammography, a selected patient population at risk can be monitored more carefully, and then accurately utilize mammography or ultrasound as soon as is possible to detect the actual lesion – (once it has grown large enough and dense enough to be seen on mammographic film), can increase the patients treatment options and ultimately improve the outcome.
It is in this role that thermography provides its most practical benefit to the general public and to the medical profession. It is certainly an adjunct to the appropriate usage of mammography and not a competitor. In fact, thermography has the ability to indentify patients at the highest risk and actually increase the effective usage of mammographic imaging procedures.
Until such time as a cure has been found for this terrible disease, progress must be made in the fields of early detection and risk evaluation coupled with sound clinical decision making.
Thermography, with its non-radiation, non-contact and low-cost basis has been clearly demonstrated to be a valuable and safe early risk marker of breast pathology, and an excellent case management tool for the ongoing monitoring and treatment of breast disease when used under carefully controlled clinical protocols.
Why Consider Thermal Imaging?
More than ever, we are realizing that waiting for disease to manifest lessens our chances of not just survival; it also minimizes our ability to live long, live actuve and live healthy lives. Being proactive about wellness and taking steps to prevent disease is the key to a future of vital health.
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging is an ideal proactive health choice for the following reasons:
- Non Invasive
- No Radiation
- No Contact With The Body
- FDA Registered
This quick and easy test starts with your medical history being taken before the scanning is performed. Standard region of interest exams take approximately 15 minutes and a full body 30 minutes. Your printed report is normally completed within a few days.