Early Detection Tool for various breast anomolies Non-invasive| Safe | Accurate No Radiation | Painless | Non-contact | State-of-the-art Equipment. Thermography is a risk marker for breast health.

What is thermography and what are the differences between a mammogram and a thermogram? 

Infrared Breast Thermography is an imaging of the temperatures on the surface of the breast and is a risk assessment tool. It does not replace Ultrasound, Mammography and/or MRI but has been an important FDA-approved tool for adjunctive breast cancer risk assessment since 1982. Thermography and Mammography are different, and both have an important role to play. Here is a comparison of the most important differences.

Thermography  

    • A non invasive, no radiation, no touch method of imaging the patterns of heat given off by your body.  The associated patterns reflect different aspects of risk and/or breast health.
    • Functional assessment: Thermal pattern changes are reflective of physiological or functional changes.
    • Preventive: Most useful before there is a cancer to identify low vs. high risk (i.e., “am I at high risk for developing a cancer?”) and help guide efforts to reduce risk (i.e., “is my risk level improving in response to my efforts?”)

Mammography

    • Radiation and compression are used to produce a radiological image of the inside of the breast.
    • Structural assessment: The x-rays provide an image of a structure such as a mass, lump, or calcifications once they are large enough to be seen.
    • Corrective: To help detect a tumor once it is already present. Once a tumor is detected, there is the possibility of biopsy, surgery, chemotherapy and /or radiation.

When it comes to breast health, women should explore safe screening alternatives….ones with NO RADIATION.

Thermography is an excellent breast health screening tool, currently being recognized as the gold standard for helping women maintain healthy breasts by monitoring for changes over time.  Thermography is a safe, non-contact, non-invasive test that does not damage cells or DNA, and takes less than 30 minutes.  It is a valuable and painless procedure that alerts you and your doctor the changes so you can prevent problems later.

Thermography detects and records subtle physiological changes that cannot be seen with any other imaging tests.  These subtle changes are the earliest signs of changes in breast health.

One of the benefits of Thermography screening is the opportunity for safely monitoring the breasts, in addition to self-examination, doctor examination or the use of mammography alone.

Thermography is highly accurate for safely screening women with:Dense breasts

Large breasts

Sensitive breasts

Lumpy breasts

Implants

Thermography also has the added benefit of evaluating all areas of the breasts and lymph areas not usually seen with other tests. All Thermography screenings are performed by a technician certified in clinical thermography.  Reports are interpreted by MD’s specifically trained in medical thermology. Breast Abnormalities may include: CYSTS
They are NOT related to breast cancer. About 60% of women will have at least one cyst during their lifetime. Cysts are  collections of fluids in breast tissue. They are usually small and do not cause problems, but may increase in size, form a lump, or cause pain or tenderness. Cysts occur most commonly between the ages of 35 and 50 years and especially between 42 and 48 years. They are uncommon after menopause except in women on Hormone Replacement Therapy.
HORMONAL THICKENING
Hormonal thickening is NOT related to the development of breast cancer. This can occur at any age during the reproductive years and may come and go. It is a response to hormone changes and is often related to pre-menopausal breast tenderness. It usually disappears naturally after menopause. Further diagnosis can be made with a combination of breast examination, mammography, ultrasound and needle biopsy. No treatment  is necessary unless there is pain.
FIBROADENOMA
They are not related to breast cancer but do need to be accurately diagnosed. This can usually be done by needle biopsy. These are very common nodules in the breast and are commonly benign. They are common in young women (under 25) but can occur at any age. They appear as oval, tender masses and may not be able to be felt as lumps. Many women have more than one. Diagnosis is usually made by ultrasound, needle biopsy and mammography (in older women). They may be removed by surgery but this is not essential.
NIPPLE  DISCHARGE
Most nipple discharges are harmless – particularly if the discharge comes from more than one duct and from both nipples. If the discharge is bloodstained or watery it is important to see your Doctor. These discharges are due to the production of fluid by normal breast cells in response to hormones.
Breast Thermography uses NO RADIATION and is 100% safe and painless.  Since it is a preventative screening, no referral is necessary.

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