THERMOGRAPHY: WHAT IS IT?
For years we have been told about getting mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. And for years we have dreaded, grimaced and even avoided going due to the pain and radiation exposure of mammography. All of us have dreamed of maybe not having to go through that, but we keep going because that’s what we are supposed to do. Now there is another option: Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging. This is a 15 minute, 100% safe, non-invasive test of physiology. The machine never touches the body, never emits radiation, is F.D.A. approved and can detect even subtle changes. It has even been known to detect what could be breast cancer years before mammography can, especially inflammatory breast cancer which has been almost non-detectable until 4th stage, since it shows no symptoms that most would recognize.
These scans should be read by board certified doctors in thermology, and be done on a regular basis for comparisons just like mammograms. Its only error is that it is too right – too early. Numerous studies have been published in the US, France, and England of people with positive thermograms, and negative mammograms who had long-term follow-ups. Those choosing the negative mammogram readings over the positive thermoscan readings found themselves being diagnosed with breast cancer in the exact location that the thermogram revealed initially 5-10 years earlier, but had never done anything about it.
It is so exciting to have available this easy, 100% safe, means to see beyond our skin to understand a bit more about our bodies and get a glimpse into what could be the future of our tissues if left unchecked. It may be the push needed to make those lifestyle changes that so many are reluctant to start without a personal reason.
How Does Thermography Work?
When cancer or disease starts in our bodies, it tends to increase blood flow to that area and the heat from the increased vascularity is what the thermoscan reveals. This increase in heat can also indicate inflammation as well, therefore helping in diagnosing pain patterns and other conditions. When detected so early, lifestyle changes and treatments can be instituted which may be able to minimize or even prevent disease or cancer from taking hold. Thermography is especially appropriate for younger women with denser breast tissue that makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective.
What other areas is Thermal Imaging used for?
To help determine the cause of pain To aid in the early detection of disease and pathology To evaluate sensory-nerve irritation or soft tissue injury To define a previously diagnosed injury or condition To identify an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing To follow progress of healing and rehabilitation.
Who provides Thermography at Natural Options?
Why have I not heard about Thermography?
Like many alternative diagnostic tools or treatments, the facts are not always disclosed. Thermography was summarily dropped from breast screening in the 1980′s after only one year of use. The reason cited was that it detected too many false positives, and therefore was not specific enough. This is ironic since the mammogram has a 65% false positive rate, and recent studies have shown that it is a poor predictive tool. Many doctors rely on outdated research and ignore the plethora of positive research.
Is Thermography accurate?
Yes, as a routine screening tool, it has been shown to be 97% effective at detecting benign vs. malignant breast abnormalities. Researchers have said that ”an abnormal thermogram is the single most important marker of high risk for the future development of breast cancer.”
Is Thermography safe?
While a variety of studies have called into question the safety of cumulative exposures to radiation with mamograms, this is not the case with Thermography. Thermography emits no radiation, it only takes an image. Nothing touches your body, and it is quick and painless. This all makes Thermography great for frequent screening with no chance of danger.
Who reads the images?
The images are sent via a secured server to Physicians Insight Clinical Interpretation, where a professional group of physicians who are trained in the protocols of reading Thermal images interpret the images.
What if my results are abnormal?
While Thermography is not diagnostic, it gives early risk factors. This is great news because an abnormal result from a Thermogram often buys time so that natural interventions such as herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes can influence the outcome. At the least, the condition can be closely monitored safely until conventional interventions need to be applied. It is important to recognize that early detection is the key to a good outcome.
What can I expect during my Thermography appointment?
During the imaging there will be no contact with your body, no injections, radiation, or fluids to consume. You will be in a comfortable and private room. The camera will be positioned 4-7 feet away from you, as you turn to the required positions. You will be offered a gown while the thermographer reviews your personal history with you. For breast and health screening, you will remove the clothing from the upper body. You will be imaged by a professionally trained and certified Thermographer.
How should I prepare for my Thermography appointment?
24 hours prior to image
•Avoid exercise, massage, or chiropractic adjustment.
•Refrain from steam room, sauna, hot or cold packs.
•Avoid hot tubs.
•Reschedule in event of illness especially a fever.
Day of the image
•Do not shave underarms.
•Avoid the use of deodorants or creams in the area to be imaged.
•Do not use metabolic stimulants/energy drinks.
2 Hours prior to image
•Refrain from tobacco or coffee.
•Avoid hot or cold liquids.
•Refrain from exercise, bathing, or showering.
•Avoid eating or chewing gum if you are scheduled for head and neck scan.
•Avoid sitting directly in front of auto air conditioner when driving to appointment.