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What Is Breast Thermography?

Breast thermography is a safe, painless, noninvasive test that takes only 15 minutes and alerts your doctor to subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast diseases such as cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection, or a vascular disease.

The procedure offers earlier detection of breast disease than possible through breast self-examination, doctor examination or mammography alone. However, breast thermography should be viewed as a complement to these procedures, not a replacement of them. In fact, thermography has the ability to identify patients at the highest risk and increase the effective usage of mammographic imaging procedures.

Breast thermography helps monitor abnormal physiology and establish risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. It gives women of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease at an early stage. In particular, this test is designed to improve chances for detecting fast-growing, active tumors in the intervals between mammographic screenings or when screening guidelines do not indicate mammography guidelines for women under 50. The best possible evaluation of breast health occurs when thermography is used with other screening procedures.

How Breast Themography Works

Total Body Solutions uses the newest ultra-sensitive, high-resolution digital infrared camera technology for thermography procedures. Thermography demonstrates heat patterns that are strongly indicative of breast abnormality. The test can detect subtle changes in breast temperature that indicate a variety of breast diseases and abnormalities. Once abnormal heat patterns are detected in the breast, follow-up procedures including mammography are necessary to rule out or properly diagnose cancer and a host of other breast diseases such as fibrocystic syndrome, Paget disease, and more.

Canadian researchers recently found that infrared imaging of breast cancers could detect minute temperature variations related to blood flow and demonstrate abnormal patterns associated with the progression of tumors. These images, known as thermograms, of the breast were positive for 83% of breast cancers compared to 61% for clinical breast examination alone and 84% for mammography.

By performing thermography years before conventional mammography, at-risk patients can be monitored more carefully. It also is imperative to undergo a mammogram or ultrasound as soon as possible to detect the actual lesion once it has grown large enough and dense enough to be seen on mammographic film. Together, these screening procedures can increase the patient’s treatment options and ultimately improve the outcome.

Medical professionals have demonstrated that thermography is a valuable and safe early risk marker of breast pathology, as well as an excellent case management tool for the ongoing monitoring and treatment of breast disease when used under carefully controlled clinical protocols.

TBS keeps patients’ thermograms on record to form a baseline for all future routine evaluations. Using the results of your breast thermography, your doctor can lay out a careful program to further diagnose and/or monitor you during and after any treatment.

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What Do Thermograms Look Like?

Normal Thermogram – Good thermal symmetry with no suspicious vascular patterns or significant thermal findings.

normal breast thermogram

Fibrocystic Changes – The very significant vascular activity in the left breast justified clinical correlation and close monitoring, which resulted in an opinion of fibrocystic changes taking place. These changes can be monitored thermographically at regular intervals until a stable baseline is established and is reliable enough for annual comparison.

breast thermogram with fibrostic changes

Early-Stage Malignant Tumor – This is the specific area of a small DCIS. We can see the vascular feed and the discreet area of hypothermia that is displacing the surrounding hyperthermia.

early stage tumor shown in breast thermogram

Annual Monitoring – This patient’s thermograms have remained stable for two years. These patterns are like a thermal fingerprint that will only change if pathology develops.

Baseline

baseline breast thermography

First Annual

first annual breast thermography

3-Month Follow-up

3-month follow up breast thermography

Second Annual

second annual breast thermography

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