“In whatever part of the body excess of heat or cold is felt, the disease is there to be discovered” wrote Hippocrates around 480 BC.
Medical discoveries have moved on from covering the patient with mud and seeing what area dries first! Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging that can detect temperature changes as little as 0.1%C is the latest medical technology and is mainly used for finding early abnormalities in breast screening. The system is completely safe, painless, non-invasive and involves no radiation. Clinical studies have shown that Thermal Imaging can detect breast abnormalities up to 10 years before a mammogram or ultrasound. Early detection is aimed at prevention, and if you detect an abnormality, simple lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking or eating a healthier diet can help prevent this developing into something more sinister.
Thermal Imaging works by using a highly sophisticated medical thermal infrared “camera”, to capture an image or thermogram of the breasts. A copy of this ‘thermogram’ is sent to America where highly trained Doctors, Radiologists or Thermologists perform a detailed analysis. A second scan is conducted 3 months later and these scans are then compared and are used as your unique baseline thermal “signature”. Abnormalities change the normally symmetrical heat pattern, and could indicate cancer, fibrocystic disease, infections, vascular or simply lymphatic issues. Any significant asymmetries in your scans are reported on and if worrying, more detailed standard checks can be conducted by a GP or specialist. While all women can benefit from breast thermography screening, it is especially appropriate for younger women (20 – 50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. It takes a number of years for most cancers to develop to the stage they can be detected by a mammogram or ultrasound so early screening is imperative.
Readers need to be aware that there is no comparison or competition between mammograms and Thermal Imaging as they are two different tests, providing different results and “looking” for different things! Thermography is a test of function (physiology) and not anatomy. Mammograms and ultrasound show “structure” i.e. lumps, which can be measured and opinions given before biopsy. Thermal Imaging provides early warnings by showing changes before this stage has been reached. Thermography is also particularly useful post-surgery to monitor the on-going situation and to protect the healthy breast. Remember, every abnormality is not necessary cancer but every cancer starts as an abnormality.
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