Breast Thermography Testing
The size of breast cancer found
by different screening methods.
Thermography Infrared Thermal Imaging provides a non-invasive digital thermal image of the breast. Thermography is, simply, a heat picture. An abnormal thermogram may be suspicious of cancer, or inflammation. Even a cancer that is too small to be felt may be detected by thermography.
Detecting Breast Cancer Early Makes A Difference: A woman's risk of breast cancer increases as she gets older. Breast cancer is relatively rare in women in their 40s and younger. However, when it does occur, it can get worse very quickly. Finding a breast cancer early is desirable for all ages. Detecting the disease early can give you a 97% survival rate with few complications and more options in treatment. The alternative can be deadly.
Consider Thermography: Thermography has been developed over the past thirty-five years in major medical universities and women's clinics around the world.
Breast thermography detects patterns of heat from the increased circulation produced by abnormal metabolic activity in cancer cells.
Thermography does not involve compression or any form of physical contact. Thermography is a passive non-x-ray technique that has become an accepted means of screening for breast disease in many developed countries. Thermography can provide very early detection of breast cancer and even changes that could be pre-cancerous. Thermography differentiates between fibrocystic breast disease and tumors. However, it does not do everything that mammograms do. For the most sensitive detection screening, some women choose to get both exams, and others get thermograms one year and mammograms the next.
Since there is no radiation or compression involved. Thermography is free of physical risks. It can also be done on women of any age.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect during a breast thermography? The patient is asked to disrobe from the waist up and acclimate to the room temperature for about 15 minutes. Three images are taken, frontal and oblique views. The patient is then asked to submerse the hands in cold water for one minute. The same three images are repeated. This cold challenge is to determine if the blood vessels constrict. Non-cancerous tissue constricts, but cancerous tissue shows up as a "hot spot".
Is thermography covered by insurance? Some companies cover thermography and others do not. The fee is modest to make this needed examination available to everyone.
What if my thermogram is positive? There are five possible ratings: TH1-no detectable thermal abnormalities, to TH5-detection of thermal abnormalities correlating with very significant risk for breast cancer. With minor abnormalities, a repeat study in 60-120 days or further tests might be suggested. Physicians trained in complementary medicine may recommend nutritional and/or lifestyle interventions to reverse inflammatory problems.
What if I have implants? Thermography effectively and safely screens breasts with implants.
I have had breast surgery. Will thermography show anything? Yes, thermography is useful for evaluating the chest wall after breast surgery. It is useful for monitoring possible signs of persistent or recurrent malignant disease, especially in the axillary areas.
Do I have to be a patient of the Celebration of Health Association? No. Since thermography is risk-free, it does not require a referral from a physician.
The AMA Council on Scientific Affairs has recognized digital thermal imaging as a viable, non-invasive interpretive tool since 1987; the ACA Council on Imaging and the Congress of Neuro-Surgeons did the same in 1988 and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1990.