Breast Thermography is a 15 minute non invasive test of physiology. It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease.
All women can benefit from breast thermography screening. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (13 – 40) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women of all ages who, for many reasons (i.e. breast implants), are unable to undergo routine mammography. This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.
It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. Thermography’s role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.
Breast cancers tend to grow significantly faster in women under the age of 50.
Thermography can detect the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and /or MONITOR you during and after any treatment.
Thermography is a painless, non invasive, state of the art clinical test without any exposure to radiation and is used as part of an early detection program which gives women of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease at an early stage. It is particularly useful for women under 50 where mammography is less effective.
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Good thermal symmetry with no suspicious thermal patterns. This pattern can only be changed by pathology.
Significant vascular activity in the left breast which was clinically correlated with fibrocystic changes.
There were no visible signs of abnormality. Referral to a specialist and subsequent biopsy diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer.
The vascular asymmetry in the left breast was particularly suspicious and clinical investigation indicated a palpable mass. A biopsy was performed and a DCIS of was diagnosed.
Baseline thermogram showed a slight hypothermic asymmetry in the upper right breast.
Significant increased vascular changes. Mammogram showed a small calcification (1mm) at 1 o’clock. Lumpectomy confirmed malignant carcinoma.