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Breast Thermography

Breast thermography is a screening tool that helps to identify early indicators of potential breast abnormalities. Thermography is a safe, non-contact, non-invasive test that does not damage cells or DNA, and takes less than 30 minutes. Thermography can aid in the detection of the following potential conditions:

  • Breast Cysts
  • Lymphatic Congestion
  • Estrogen Dominance
  • Generalized Inflammation
  • Fibrocystic Breasts
  • Hormone Imbalances

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This 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. Since pre-cancerous and cancerous masses are highly metabolic tissues, they need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth. In order to do this, they increase circulation to their cells by sending out chemicals to keep existing blood vessels open, recruit dormant vessels, and create new ones (neoangiogenesis). This process results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast.

State-of-the-art breast thermography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated computer programs to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images of these temperature and vascular changes. The procedure is both comfortable and safe using no radiation or compression. By carefully examining changes in the temperature and blood vessels of the breasts, signs of possible cancer or pre-cancerous cell growth may be detected up to 10 years prior to being discovered using any other procedure. This provides for the earliest detection of cancer possible. Because of breast thermography’s extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations and vascular changes may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.

Breast thermography does not replace mammography and mammography does not replace breast thermography, the tests complement each other. Since it has been determined that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect cancers when there is the greatest chance for survival. Proper use of breast self-exams, physician exams, thermography, and mammography together provide the earliest detection system available to date. If treated in the earliest stages, cure rates greater than 95% are possible.

The addition of breast thermography to the frontline of early breast cancer detection brings a great deal of good news for women.

Women's Health Screenings

The Women’s Health Screening captures the possible functional changes with the following views:

  • Head & Neck
  • Breast
  • Chest
  • Upper Back
  • Abdomen
  • Lower Back

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Men's Health Screenings

The Men’s Health Screening captures the possible functional changes with the following views:

  • Head & Neck
  • Breast
  • Chest
  • Upper Back
  • Abdomen
  • Lower Back

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Full Body Screenings

Medical Thermography is a unique technology that takes a picture and creates a map of the infrared patterns of the body. It is different than other screening tools because it helps us to see the metabolic processes and body functions.

The results can help in the prevention of disease by monitoring the following:

  • Breast Health
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Muscular Skeletal Disorders
  • Sinus and Allergies
  • Thyroid Health
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Visceral Health
  • Dental Pathologies
  • Nerve Damage
  • Inflammation

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What Can Infrared Imaging See?

Blood Profusion

Medical Infrared Imaging is technology that detects energy in the form of minute changes in temperature to tenths of a degree Celsius. The blood is a supply line, transporting everything that the body needs to function efficiently. It is in constant metabolic movement, warming, oxygenating, carrying nutrients to every organ, removing waste, protecting and healing. When the body needs healing, it summons blood to the site, thus creating heat.

Sometimes, if a specific organ is in distress, even mild distress, blood will be automatically re-directed from the surface to supply extra nutrient to the organ.  This can create cool area on the skin. Because there is a map of the area of the skin that is directly related to each specific organ, it is possible, due to a cooler area on the skin, to identify a potential problem. Thermography is not diagnostic for any specific disease, but it can alert the thermal observer to investigate further.

So patterns, whether they represent expected, warmer or cooler temperatures are valuable information to anyone who is knowledgeable about thermal physiology.

Injury

Thermography has great potential in sports medicine to prevent serious injury. Blood profusion, which is a functional response, even to minor injury can alert the athlete, trainer or physician to a potential major problem if it is not addressed before the injury becomes a major issue.

Metabolic Changes

The skin not only protects us from the outside world, but it is a functioning endocrine organ on its own! It produces all hormones and communicates with all organs and biologic processes in the body. How perfect that we are observing the skin and its response to hormonal and other endocrine processes. It is the body’s ultimate communication with the outside world, all there for us to observe with our infrared camera!

Preparing for your Imaging Appointment

Special Instructions for Your Imaging:

  • No chemotherapy or radiation treatments 3 months prior to your imaging.
  • No breast biopsy for one month prior.
  • Lactation: Imaging is recommended if there is a problem or concern. However, a baseline is not recommended for at least 3 months after the last active breastfeeding.

 

24 hours prior to your appointment:

  • Avoid exercise or heavy physical activity.
  • No massage or lymph treatments.
  • No chiropractic adjustments.
  • No saunas, steam baths or hot tubs.
  • No hot or cold packs.

 

Day of Exam:

  • Avoid heavy make up. Oil based products on the body will affect accurate detection by the camera.
  • No hot shower within 4 hours of imaging.
  • Avoid deodorant or creams on the skin, especially oils.
  • No heat lamps or sunburn – you will have to reschedule
  • Do not shave area to be imaged.
  • For head imaging, do not eat for at least 2 hours prior.
  • No gum chewing.
  • The car must be a cool temperature but avoid A/C or heat blowing directly on the patient.
  • You will be asked to remove all jewelry in the area to be imaged.

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