What is the difference between Thermography and Mammography, and can thermograms replace mammograms?
This depends on your reason for testing. If you are trying to prevent cancer, mammograms are the wrong test. While mammograms can detect a dense object in the breast, it has never prevented even one person from getting cancer. Thermography detects physiological and chemical changes produced by developing pathology or disease years before a mammogram would detect anything. So thermography is more appropriate for preventative screening. Mammograms are better for detecting mature, late stage pathology. The decision is a personal one. The two screening methods detect different things.
Will my doctor accept this in place of a mammogram?
For more than 20 years, mammography has been recognized as a “standard of care”, an important designation making it the test of choice for traditional physicians. Some doctors will honor your right to choose, but many will not accept thermography as a replacement. Mammograms are done to detect cancer for the purpose of treatment. While thermography is not a stand alone test, it is an indispensable tool for early disease detection and breast health.
Can Thermography detect cancer?
Thermography identifies signs of abnormal activity in the body, but does not detect cancer. Further investigation will sometimes confirm pathology, but that is not the primary purpose of thermography. Mammograms alone cannot provide a positive detection of cancer either.
Can Thermography detect heart disease?
While heart disease is one of the most difficult conditions to detect until its late stages, thermography can see inflammation and vascular activity that is known to eventually develop into heart or cardiovascular disease.
Can Thermography detect inflammatory breast disease (IBD)?
Yes, it can detect any inflammatory condition. It is the only known test to detect inflammatory breast disease.
Is this new, and why haven’t I heard of it?
Infrared imaging was first used for military applications in WWII. Medical applications started being attempted in the 1950’s. Early on, it was poorly understood and the technology was poorly developed. Today, technology has evolved and knowledge of the functioning of the human body has made thermography an extremely valuable tool for earliest detection of many serious diseases. This offers the best opportunity for prevention, a concept not commonly recognized by traditional medicine. As prevention becomes more prevalent, use of thermography will grow. Fortunately, it is available now for you and others who make the choice to use it.
How often is a thermogram needed?
For breast imaging, the most effective use is to establish a baseline with two scans taken 90 days apart. Recommendations for follow up are made based on the findings, and are usually done yearly. Because it is safe and non-invasive, you can have it done any time you have concerns.
Is thermography safe for implants?
Absolutely. There is no physical contact or compression, so there is no risk of damage. Also, since a sympathetic skin response is tested, implants do not affect the results.
Who interprets the images?
Trained and qualified licensed health care practitioners, primarily Board Certified MD’s provide interpretation of the images.
Why should I do a full body image?
Inflammation is accepted as a condition common to all major degenerative diseases. A full body exam will provide a comprehensive assessment of inflammation throughout your body, providing a better guide for prevention.
Does Insurance cover thermography?
Not usually. Some insurance companies will reimburse for it, but you should be prepared to cover the cost of the service yourself.
Where is this done?
In a closed room in a physicians office allowing for the privacy and comfort of the client.
Are there any risks or side effects?
None. This is a non-radiating, non-invasive, no compression of soft tissue screening device.
Who performs the test?
A Female Certified Clinical Thermographer.
How long does it take to know results?
Time can vary from 5-10 business days in reporting. Scans are read by doctors Board Certified in Thermology.
How long does the test take?
15-45 minutes depending on which scan is desired by the client.