What is Thermography?
Thermography is a unique and vital technology shown to be effective in uncovering hidden health issues. Breast thermography is an exciting addition to breast imaging technology that was approved by the FDA in 1982. It is an additional tool that doctors use to help determine breast health risk and can also indicate the risk of other breast conditions. When Breast Thermography is used in combination with other tests, it gives your doctor an improved overall picture of breast health.
Breast Thermography uses infra-red imaging technology to scan the breast and produces an incredibly detailed heat map, which can help detect the new blood vessels that grow from tumors, as well as hormonal imbalances and other breast health problems.
Breast Thermography provides an additional piece of the puzzle and is not to be used alone. However, when used with other imaging and lab tests, it will provide your doctor with more information, giving a more comprehensive picture of your overall breast health. We must change the conversation to monitoring breast health and not just looking for sickness that already exists in the body.
What to expect during and after your scan?
The thermography scans are done by appointment only. Patients are asked to download the appropriate and full Client Preparation sheet and read it prior to their appointment. On the day of the appointment, all forms must be completed with medical history and other pertinent information. When you enter the office, you will find it very cool inside – this is for your body to acclimate to a cooler temperature. The scan takes place in a relaxed, peaceful and private room. You will disrobe and be given an exam cape. The technician will enter the room after 10 minutes to take the images. Female technicians will take images of all women and our male doctor will take images of all men. A total of nine (9) breast images will be taken for the breast scan, 19 images for the Women’s Health Study, and 37 images for the full-body scan. All images will be electronically sent and interpreted by a medical doctor located in California. The test results will be available within 3 to 5 business days. The results will be discussed with the patient via follow-up appointment or phone consultation.
Breast Health Guidelines recommend 20-30-year-old women to have a scan every three years. Women 30 and older are recommended to be screened annually