Infrared Breast Thermography
An FDA-approved, non-radiation, non-contact breast screening
Infrared Breast Thermography, sometimes referred to as thermology and infrared mammography, is an FDA-approved, non-radiation, non-contact breast screening that uses infrared cameras to measure the heat coming from the surface of your body.
For cancer cells to grow faster than surrounding tissue, they need additional blood flow. Thermography detects increased blood flow needed by cancer cells early in their development by measuring the additional heat radiating from the skin, which is undetectable otherwise. Doctors use the thermal images to alert them to physiological abnormalities due to inflammation or increased tumor-related blood flow.
Infrared Breast Thermography is ideal for women and men, those who have small breasts or implants, have dense breast tissue, women who are pregnant or nursing, those who have fibrocystic breasts and individuals who have undergone lumpectomies or mastectomies. Those who are uncomfortable with the ionizing radiation of mammography, the discomfort of the test itself, or who are high risk for breast cancer and desire an additional detection tool may want to consider Infrared Thermography in addition to traditional mammography screenings. We are one of just a handful of medical facilities in the midwest to offer this beneficial service.
Infrared Breast Thermography Benefits
- Completely safe (no radiation)
- Entirely non-contact and non-invasive (no painful compression of the breasts)
- Has a very high screening sensitivity for women of all ages
- May detect changes in breast tissue before it reaches the stage that is seen by X-Ray (up to 5-8 years earlier)
- FDA approved as a complementary functional test to mammography
More To Know
- Breast thermology utilizes highly sophisticated infrared cameras that make over seventy-six thousand digital measurements with each image and precise to as much as five places of accuracy. Each images, then, is a quantitative thermal profile.
- Thermology is based in physiology (function) rather than anatomy (structure) and is, therefore, profoundly different than any other medical imaging modality.
- Thermology is a relatively young medical science of diagnostic thermal imaging. It has historic roots to the very first medical writings and was canonized among the “cardinal signs of disease” as “Calor” by Hippocrates. Modern thermology was enabled by the first electronic infrared sensors of the 1940’s and 1950’s. The first diagnostic application of an imaging thermograph was for breast cancer detection in the late 1950’s by Dr. Raymond Lawson, MD. of McGill University.
- Breast thermology is based on elevated skin temperatures as a result of unregulated hyperemia of core-temperature blood to a relatively superficial area of the body.
- Malignant and pre-malignant tissue produces large quantities of Nitric Oxide that acts as a potent regional vaso-dilator AND develops angiogenic blood vessels that are structurally defective and without any innervation with the autonomic nervous system.
- Breast thermology was ruled “no longer experimental” in 1971 by the US Dept of Health Education and Welfare (now HHS) after an opinion by their panel of experts.
- In 1981 the US FDA listed breast thermology as diagnostic procedure for breast cancer. The US FDA reaffirmed this position in 1998.
- The US NCI lists breast thermology as a diagnostic procedure for breast cancer detection and described it as “probably the earliest indicator for breast cancer”.
- Therma-Scan is the most experienced breast thermology facility in the World and has been continually active since 1972.
- Therma-Scan has developed an objective, quantitative and comprehensive means of analyzing breast thermograms that provides 99% sensitivity and better than 84% specificity.
Related Research & Links
- Breast Thermography
Review of Breast Thermography By: William C. Amalu, DC, DABCT, DIACT, FIACT
- American Academy of Thermology
Information about Thermology provided from American Academy of Thermology
- American Academy of Thermology
Guidelines for Breast Thermology provided from American Academy of Thermology
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