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Thermography Q&A

How does Thermography work?

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.

 What is the difference between Thermography and Mammography?

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.

Who reads the images and reports?

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.

Does Thermography replace Mammograms?

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.

What is the benefit of a test that shows physiology?

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.

Why do I need to come back in three or six months for another breast screening?

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.

How long does it take to receive my report?

Reports are usually received from 7-10 business days. They are sent either by e-mail directly to you or by mail.

What if I have breast implants?

Because Thermography does not require any contact or compression, then there is no risk of rupture.

What if I am nursing or pregnant?

No radiation is used so thermography is completely safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.

Thermography may be used for diagnosis and prognosis of many medical conditions:

Altered Ambulatory Kinetics   Carpal Tunnel Syndrome    Grafts 
Altered Biokinetics   Compartment Syndrome   Heart Disease  
Brachial Plexus Injuries   Cord Pain/Injury    Hysteria  
Biomechanical Impropriety   Deep Vein Thrombosis    Headache Evaluation  
Breast Disease   Disc Disease    Herniated Disc  
Bursitis   Dystrophy    Herniated Disc Pulposis  
Inflammatory Disease  Facet Syndromes   Hyperaesthesia  
Int. Carotid Insufficiency   Ext. Carotid Insufficiency   Hyperflexion Injury  
Infectious Disease   Nerve Root Irritation   Reflex Symp. Dystrophy  
Ligament Tear   Nerve Impingement   Ruptured Disc  
Lower Motor Neuron Disease   Nerve Stretch Injury   Skin Cancer  
Lumbosacral Plexus Injury   Neuropathy   Somatization Disorders  
Malingering  Neurovascular Compression   Soft Tissue Injury  
Median Nerve Neuropathy   Neuralgia   Sprain/Strain  
Morton’s Neuroma   Neuritis   Stroke Screening  
Muscle Tear   Neuropraxia   Synovitis  
Musculoigamentous Spasm   Neoplasia   Sensory Loss  
Musculoigamentous Spasm   Nutritional Disease   Sensory Nerve Abnormality  
Myofascial Irritation   Periodontal Disease   Skin Abnormalities  
Nerve Entrapment   Peripheral Axon Disease   Somatic Abnormality  
Nerve Impingement   Raynaud’s   Superficial Vascular  
Nerve Pressure   Referred Pain Syndrome   Temporal Arteritis  
Tendonitis   Trigeminal Neuroalgia  Ulnar Nerve Entrapment  
TMJ Dysfunction   Trigger Points   Whiplash  

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