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Thermography is a non-invasive technique that allows the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin temperature. A infrared scanning device is used to convert infrared rays emitted from the skin surface into images that are converted to color on a monitor. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicate and increase or decrease in the amount of infrared rays being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries can be easily identified.
Where mammography looks for structure such as a lump, thermography looks for the body’s physiological reponse to cancer cells. These changes can often occur 8-10 years before the cells are large enough to be seen by a mammogram.
Images are analyzed by doctors, who are all board certified Thermologist. All doctors must be licensed and insured and in good standing for certification. Dr. Gregory Melvin has been reading/reporting for over 20 years.
No! However, do mammograms replace thermography The answer to this is also a resounding no, the two test complement each other. The consensus among health care experts is that no one procedure or method of imaging is solely adequate for breast cancer screening. The false negative and positive rates for mammography are to high for the procedure to be used alone. Thermography may pick up many of the cancers missed by mammography. A positive infrared image is also the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer. It is thermography’s unique ability to monitor the abnormal temperature (physiological) changes produced by diseased breast tissue that allows for extremely early detection. Since it has been determined that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect these tumors when there is the greatest chance for survival. Remember too! Thermography is non-invasive, no radiation, no compression, no pain, no body contact. Completely safe.
Cellular changes can create an abnormal thermal pattern and may often be viewed by a thermogram before a lesion is dense enough for a mammogram.
Before any changes can be evaluated, an accurate and stable baseline must be established. A baseline cannot be determined with only one scan, since there would be no way of knowing if it is a normal pattern or not, or if changes have taken place since the time of the first exam.
Reports are usually received from 7-10 business days. They are sent either by e-mail directly to you or by mail.
Because Thermography does not require any contact or compression, then there is no risk of rupture.
No radiation is used so thermography is completely safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.
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