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Breast Thermography

WHAT IS BREAST THERMOGRAPHY

Breast thermography is simple and painless test of physiology, or the function of the body.. It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease.

The benefit of breast thermography is that it offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast self examination, doctor examination or mammography alone.

Thermography can detect the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. This can help you and your health care practitioner develop a careful program to further diagnose and /or MONITOR you during and after any treatment.

Normal

benefit of breast thermography

Good thermal symmetry is seen in this picture with no suspicious vascular patterns or significant
thermal findings.

Fibrocystic Changes

benefit of breast thermography

The very significant vascular activity in the left breast justified clinical correlation and close monitoring which returned 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.

Early Stage Malignant tumor

benefit of breast thermography

This is the specific area of a small DCIS. We can see the vascular feed and the discreet area of hypothermia (coldness) that is displacing the surrounding hyperthermia (heat)

Thermography is a painless, non invasive, state of the art clinical test without any exposure to radiation and is used as part of an early detection program which gives women of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease at an early stage. It is particularly useful for women under 50 where mammography is less effective due the density of the breasts.

Thermography's role in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. When used with other procedures the best possible evaluation of breast health is made.

This test is designed to improve chances for detecting fast-growing, active tumors in the intervals between mammographic screenings or when mammography is not indicated by screening guidelines for women under 50 years of age. Thermography closes the clinical gap between the beginning of the disease process and the diagnosis of a pathology.

All patient's thermograms (breast images) are kept on record and form a baseline for all future routine evaluations.
This patient's thermograms have remained stable for two years. These patterns are like a " thermal fingerprint" which will only change if pathology develops.

This patient's thermograms have remained stable for two years. These patterns are like a thermal fingerprint which will only change if pathology develops.

Baseline

breast thermography, breast screening
3 Month Follow-up

breast thermography, breast screening
First Annual

breast thermography, breast screening
Second Annual

breast thermography, breast screening

With the new ultra-sensitive, high resolution digital infrared cameras available today, a technology that has been developing for over twenty years is now becoming more accessible.
Thermography as a physiologic test, demonstrates heat patterns that are strongly indicative of breast abnormality. The screening can detect subtle changes in breast temperature that indicate a variety of breast diseases and abnormalities. Once abnormal temperature patterns are detected in the breast, follow-up procedures like breast ultrasound and mammography are necessary to rule out or properly diagnose cancer and a host of other breast diseases.

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 or 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 diagnostic tests that look at anatomy not physiology, a selected patient population at risk can be monitored more carefully. and accurately utilize mammography or ultrasound as soon as is possible to detect the actual lesion - (once it has grown large enough and dense enough to be seen on mammographic film). This can increase the patients treatment options and ultimately improve the outcome.

It is in this role that thermography provides its most practical benefit to the general public and to the medical profession. It is certainly an adjunct to the appropriate usage of mammography and not a substitute. In fact, thermography has the ability to identify patients at the highest risk and actually increase the effective usage of mammographic imaging procedures.

Until there is a cure for breast cancer, progress must be made in the fields of early detection and risk evaluation coupled with sound clinical decision making. Our goal at Advanced Medical Thermography is to see very early and pre-structural changes in the breast tissue. Only then do we have the possibility of prevention and not just detection.

Thermography is radiation free, with not contact to the breast and affordable. It has been clearly demonstrated to be a valuable and safe early risk marker of breast pathology, and an excellent case management tool for the ongoing monitoring and treatment of breast disease when used under carefully controlled clinical protocols.

Please contact us at 818-769-4045 to schedule an appointments at any of our locations or to discuss our breast thermography screening services and how they can benefit you.

Our Advanced Medical Thermography Centers are located in: Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Palm Springs, Marina Del Rey, and Canyon Country, CA

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