Digital thermal imaging - painless, radiation free, and non-invasive Infrared thermography cameras record radiant heat waves that come to the surface of the skin. When there are problems under the surface, our bodies produce heat. This happens when there is the presence of disease, inflammation from a recent injury, or when the body begins to increase blood flow to an area to fight off infection.
Prior to the examination you will be asked to fill out a thorough breast health history form. You will be required to remove all upper body clothing. You will need to acclimate your upper body to a 68 degree room temperature prior to the scan. After 15 minutes of acclimation, we will take a series of thermal images.
The test is very comfortable. There is no compression on the breast. This procedure is pain free and safe. The number of people involved in the procedure will be limited to protect your privacy. The room air may feel cool on your breasts as they adjust to the room temperature before scanning. The procedure is totally non-invasive; the camera does not emit radiation of any kind.
Results are usually available within 1 week. While participation in a thermal imaging early detection program can increase your chance of detecting and monitoring breast disease, as with all other tests, it is still not a 100% guarantee of detection. Thermography is the only noninvasive imaging modality that looks at breast function and risk assessment for developing cancer. Positive thermography findings are 10 times more important than a positive family history for developing cancer.
We use the certified TH (Thermal biological risk factor) scale. The evaluation system termed the Marseille system is the accepted analytical criteria for thermal imaging interpretation.
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TH 1 - A normal thermogram representing low risk
A normal thermogram. Note the lack of heat and symmetry between breasts.
Features and Symmetrical, non-complex with moderate vascularity.
Correlated with atypical breast disease processes. Associated with an increased risk of malignant disease. Acute cysts and adenomas are often represented here.
A "Positive" thermogram with a significant risk for malignant breast disease. Results may proceed other diagnostic testing by 5 to 8 years.
Designates a very high probability of confirming malignant disease. Further diagnostic testing is often recommended.
Helps a physician better gauge your level of estrogen stimulation by reviewing the amount of vascularity in your breasts.