Medical Definitions

Thermographic Breast Health Screening

WHAT IS BREAST THERMOGRAPHY?

Did you know there is a painless, radiation-free breast cancer screening tool for men and women?

Breast thermography creates a digital map of your body that illustrates heat patterns – patterns that may detect some condition or abnormality of the breasts. It uses a scanning-type infrared camera that measures your body surface temperature, presenting the information as a digitized image. Unlike mammograms, which look at anatomical changes in the breast, thermograms look at vascular changes in the breast by detecting blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetries. The usefulness in its use in Breast Disease is remarkable because the rapid growth that takes place in malignant states causes the body to need more blood supply in the affected area and even to grow new blood vessels into the area, and this extra blood and blood supply create a distinctive heat pattern on the Thermogram image.

One study showed that thermography had an over 95% predictive value and has revealed the presence of breast cancer despite normal reports from a mammogram (mammograms miss 10% of breast cancers) 1. Another study reported that thermography can detect 86% of non-palpable breast cancers and up to 15% of cancers that were not visible by mammography 2.

  • May detect cancer cells at work months or years before a tumor even forms
  • No bodily contact and no uncomfortable compression
  • FDA-approved as an adjunctive tool in breast cancer screening
  • Also helps diagnose fibrocystic disease, infection, and vascular disease
  • Since approximately 1,000 men in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly, this is also an important tool for them

Thermography provides a broader picture of your breast health than a mammogram alone, and breast cancer rates are still rising, so why not use every available tool to catch potential problems early so you can prevent or minimize not only cancer, but all breast disease?

  1. Parikh YR et al. “Efficacy of Computerized Infrared Imaging Analysis to Evaluate Mammographyically Suspicious Lesions.” American J Roentgenolgy. 180 (2003):263-269.
  2. Gamagami P. “Indirect Signs of Breast Cancer: Angiogenesis Study.” Atlas of Mammography, Cambridge, MA, Blackwell Science pp 231-26, 1996.

Breast Cancer Health Recommendations from CNM

  1. Monthly 3-Part Breast Self-Exam
  2. Since nearly 70% of all breast cancers are found through self exams, and with early detection the 5-year survival rate is 98%, PLEASE take a few minutes each month to check your breasts.

    In the Shower

    With fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine the left breast, left hand for the right breast. Check for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts.

    Before a Mirror

    Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do.

    Lying Down

    Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

  3. Breast Thermography
  4. Did you know there is a painless, radiation-free breast cancer screening tool for men and women?

    Breast thermography creates a digital map of your body that illustrates heat patterns – patterns that may detect some condition or abnormality of the breasts. It uses a scanning-type infrared camera that measures your body surface temperature, presenting the information as a digitized image. Unlike mammograms, which looks at anatomical changes in the breast, thermograms look at vascular changes in the breast by detecting blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetries.

    • May detect cancer cells at work months or years before a tumor even forms
    • No bodily contact and no uncomfortable compression
    • FDA-approved as an adjunctive tool in breast cancer screening
    • Also helps diagnose fibrocystic disease, infection, and vascular disease
    • Since approximately 1,000 men in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly, this is also an important tool for them

    Thermography provides a broader picture of your breast health than a mammogram alone, and breast cancer rates are still rising, so why not use every available tool to catch potential problems early so you can prevent or minimize not only cancer, but all breast disease?

    Call our Patient Services Associates at (949) 680-1880 for more information and to schedule your thermography appointment

 

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