What is Breast Thermography?
Thermography is probably the earliest detectable screen for tumor formation, but how does it work? The best way to explain thermography is to break down the word. Thermo- is for heat. When tumors start to form, they need the formation of new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis. This process gives off heat that is detectable with a special camera. Graphy- is a picture that is taken with the special heat detectible camera, thus, thermography.
Breast thermography is one of the safest screening tools for tumor growth, as there is no radiation, no physical contact with the camera or staff, and is non-invasive. It is safe for dense breast tissue, implants, fibrocystic changes, nursing moms and women under 40. It allows doctors to detect functional changes at least 2-3 years before a malignant tumor could be detected by a mammogram or physical exam. Thermograms can also detect certain hormonal changes and being able to balance those hormones is an important step in prevention.
It may surprise you to know that 75% of women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease. If a thermogram is abnormal, the risk of breast cancer is 10 times higher than a family history of the disease. Therefore, early detection is key and the hallmark of thermography.
Breast thermography is not meant to replace traditional mammography or PET scans, but to be a pre-emptive screening for angiogenesis. If detected, further testing may be necessary to rule out cancers.
At Innovative Health & Wellness Group, our mission is to serve as many women as possible, helping them to live the highest quality of life possible. By promoting early detection of disease, prevention, and female-specific therapies, we earnestly strive to save lives.
Why Breast Thermography?
Breast thermography assesses physiology and function, therefore it can detect tumors through minute changes in vascular structure, called angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels). Because they are going through the process of angiogenesis, these tumors and vascular structure emit more heat than normal tissue, making them detectable with a high resolution, highly-sensitive infrared camera. Breast thermography can detect estrogen dominance and allows our doctors to recommend natural therapies to normalize hormone levels.
At Innovative Health & Wellness Group, patients can also receive comprehensive blood and/or saliva hormone testing at the time of the initial imaging or any time thereafter. Results from the thermal imaging and laboratory markers will be carefully reviewed and explained to you. Reports will explain your cancer risk and how to improve your over-all health and wellness using natural therapies and alternatives.
Who Can Get Breast Thermography?
Because breast thermography does not require harmful radiation or painful squishing, there are no risks or side effects of this imaging. When it comes to a woman’s breast health, early detection is the key to better treatment options. Thermography offers women an adjunctive risk assessment that plays a significant role in early detection. All females (and males) can get thermal imaging.
- Women currently undergoing breast cancer treatments whose doctor wishes to keep track of their treatment progress with Thermography.
- Women with past history of positive mammograms, thermograms, or cancer.
- Pregnant or nursing mothers.
- Women under 40 years of age.
- Women with implants.
- Women with large or dense breasts.
- Women with fibrocystic breasts.
Suggested Schedule to Monitor Breast Health with Thermal Imaging
Initial Scan by Age 20
20-30 Years of Age: Every 3 Years
30 Years of Age & Over: Every Year
Research Studies & Articles
Compliments of Pacific Chiropractic and Research Center, William Amalu, DC, DABCT.
“Effectiveness of a Noninvasive Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging System in the Detection of Breast Cancer” – Am J Surg. 2008 Oct;196 (4):523-6
“Infrared Imaging of the Breast: Initial Reappraisal Using High-Resolution Digital Technology in 100 Succesive Cases of Stage I and II Breast Cancer” – The Breast Journal. Vol. 4, No. 4, July/August 1998
“Efficacy of Computerized Infrared Imaging Analysis to Evaluate Mammographically Suspicious Lesions” – AJR: 180:263-269. 2003
“Advances in Medical Infrared Imaging” – IEEE EMBS Journal, Vol. 21, No. 6, November/December 2002
“Influence of Estrogen Plus Progestin on Breast Cancer and Mammography in Health Postmenopausal Women” – The Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Trial
“Estrogens, Steroidal” – National Institutes of Health
More Information About Breast Thermography
Preferable for large, dense, fibrocystic breasts, post-mastectomy or lumpectomy, implants, and pregnant or nursing mothers.
No radiation, no health risks, no pain, no IV access needed, and non-invasive.
Non-contact and no painful compression.
A positive thermogram represents the highest known risk factor for future development of breast cancer, 10 times more significant than family history.
May reduce number of surgeries for non-cancerous tumors.
Hormone imbalance may be able to be detected by certain vascular patterns and hormone testing.
Early stage cancers too small to be detected by palpitation exam or mammography may be signaled by infrared imaging.
Earliest method of breast cancer detection known because it monitors physiology and thus the health of the breast over time.
Breast thermography (and adjunctive hormone or other testing) may suggest certain types of cancer and hormone imbalances that may not be detected by other diagnostic tools.
Compared to mammography, 7 out of 10 times infrared imaging is the first alarm that something is happening.