What is Breast Thermography?
Thermography (DITI) uses a specially calibrated infrared camera to essentially take a thermal “picture” of the physiology of a person’s body. Because of the accuracy of these medically dedicated thermal cameras, we are able to see pre-structural changes in a patient’s body and to understand ongoing patterns. Because even the smallest changes can be seen, thermography is a proactive and a preventive form of healthcare allowing the gap between disease and diagnosis to close.
Why Breast Thermography?
Breast thermography is a means of preventive and proactive healthcare that medical professionals can use to gain the earliest insight regarding changes in breast tissue. Sensing the development of a breast lump can take years. However, with thermography, medical professionals are able to help women make lifestyle changes and possibly receive non-invasive treatment earlier than other detection means.
Who Should Use Breast Thermography?
Breast thermography has been approved by the FDA and is safe for anyone because there is no radiation or compression used during the screening process. Women of any age with a history of breast cancer are able to have peace of mind due to the availability of thermography screenings. Women who have breast implants may also find this type of screening helpful, for research has shown that implants can prove a greater susceptibility to cancer.
Women who are undergoing treatment for breast disease or have survived breast disease may also find thermography helpful, for they are able to monitor even the slightest changes in breast and body tissue. Also, thermography is able to show a bigger picture, giving insight into not just changes in the breast tissue, but also other lymphatic tissues such as the underarm, above the breast, the sternum, and under the breast. Even the slightest inflammation can be caught allowing a faster and possibly more effective means of diagnosis.
What Breast Thermography is Not?
Breast thermography is very different from an MRI, mammogram, and breast ultrasound and is by no means a substitute for these other screening methods. These screenings are for the purpose of looking more closely at anatomy and for pathological diagnostics, whereas thermography is looking at the physiology or function of those same tissues. To understand the differences, think of MRI’s, mammograms, and breast ultrasounds as looking at the structural elements of a house and thermography as a means for looking at what the people in the house are doing.
Ultimately, breast thermography is about proactive and preventative healthcare, not detection. Want to know more about breast thermography and your options in Los Angeles? Learn more about thermography, Advanced Medical Thermography, our staff, and our equipment or contact us for an appointment. Dr. Smith and her staff would love to empower you with knowledge and peace of mind.