With breast cancer rates on the rise, a true means to early detection is becoming more and more imperative. Because thermography captures physiology, breast disease can be detected much sooner than through other diagnostic tests. For instance, as depicted in the graphic to the left, for the average 50-year old woman, cancer cells double in size every 90 days on average and thermography has the ability to detect pathology eight to ten years before the same pathological change is seen through mammography. Many women utilize breast thermography as an adjunctive or complemetary tool to ultrasound and mammogram. Women with implants are also ideal candidates for thermography, as there is no compression of tissue involved.
Numerous peer-reviewed journals present findings as to thermography's efficacy. In an abstract of the American Cancer Society's publication entitled Cancer, the authors state, "Thermography makes a significant contribution to the evaluation of patients suspected of having breast cancer" (Gautherie & Gros, 1980).
Uses for thermography go far beyond detecting potential tumors. Because thermography is ideal for detecting abnormalities within the neural, muscular, skeletal and vascular systems, images such as this one to the right can provide early warning signals to potentially deadly conditions such as coronary artery disease. Further depicted in this image is a client presenting with a dental infection as well as extensive sinus problems.
In the breast scan image to the left an invasive ductal carcinoma (breast disease) of the client's left breast is clearly identified. Thermographic images can aid you and your healthcare professional in determining the best treatment protocol, therapy, or other medical intervention by offering a different snapshot of the region of concern. Arm yourself with as much information as possible. Contact us today to discuss your individual health concerns.
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