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Thermography: A New Hope For Those Concerned About Their Breast Health

State of the art thermal imaging can provide important breast screening information. It is a crucial preventative tool, helping doctors identify concerning breast conditions and overall breast health status.


Preventative Health Screening

Thermography is an imaging procedure that evaluates the heat patterns of different tissues. An adjunct to other imaging tests (ultrasound, MRI, mammography), thermography offers excellent preventative information about the health of the breast tissue and other parts of the body. Soft tissue inflammation or abnormal growth, thyroid dysfunction, sinus infections, musculoskeletal injuries, abnormal muscle contraction patterns, and many other conditions may actually be screened with the help of thermography. Thermal imaging is an FDA-cleared procedure that is minimally invasive and does not involve radiation. It is also a painless procedure that does not involve the compression of breast tissue. Many thermography studies confirm the validity of adding this important screening to a woman’s preventative regimen. Special pricing is available, making this screening very affordable. Nearly 50% of all common cancers are preventable. -American Institute of Cancer Research

Thermography Images
Doctor and Patient

On-Site Screening

Many patients have had thermal imaging done in our office. If you had a previous thermography screening done, it may be time to have another screening to determine if anything has changed or stayedthe same. If you have never had a thermography screening done, now would be a good time to consider having one. If your screening reveals breast inflammation, or abnormal breast health concerns, we will help provide natural health options to help promote optimal health. If there are more significant concerns we will ensure that a proper referral for other imaging or testing is done promptly. Any test you have ordered should rule out serious conditions, refer out for necessary care, and/or help provide whole health treatment plans. Thermography excels as a breast health screening option for all of these purposes.


The use of Digital Infrared Imaging is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue. In an ever-increasing need for nutrients, cancerous tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels, and creating new ones (neoangiogenesis). This process frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast. DII uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of these temperature variations. Because of DII’s extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast

Scanned Image

Current methods used to detect suspicious signs of breast cancer depend primarily on the combination of both physical examination and mammography. While this approach has become the mainstay of early breast cancer detection, more is needed. Since the absolute prevention of breast cancer has not become a reality as of yet, efforts must be directed at detecting breast cancer at its earliest stage. As such, the addition of Digital Infrared Imaging (Breast Thermography) to the frontline of early breast cancer detection brings a great deal of good news for women.

What Is Breast Thermography?
What Makes Digital Infrared Imaging So Unique

While mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and other structural imaging tools variations in normal blood vessel activity, infrared imaging may find thermal signs suggesting a pre-cancerous state of the breast or the presence an early tumor that is not yet large enough to be detected by physical examination, mammography, or other types of structural imaging (3,6,7,8,9).

Certain types of cancers will not be detected (approximately 20%) by mammography for various reasons(10), but some of these cancers will be discovered by DII (3,6,7,8,9).

Difficulties in reading mammograms can occur in women who are on hormone replacement, nursing or have fibrocystic, large, dense, or enhanced breasts (6,8). These types of breast differences do not cause difficulties in reading digital infrared scans.

Infrared Scan

DII AS A RISK MARKER FOR BREAST CANCER

Studies show that an abnormal infrared image is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer, 10 times more significant than a family history of the disease (5). Consequently, in patients with a persistent abnormal thermogram, the examination results become a marker of higher future cancer risk (4,5). Depending upon certain factors, reexaminations are performed at appropriate intervals to monitor the breasts. This gives a woman time to take a pro-active approach by working with her doctor to improve her breast health. By maintaining close monitoring of her breast health with infrared imaging, self breast exams, clinical examinations, mammography, and other tests, a woman has a much better chance of detecting cancer at its earliest stage and preventing invasive tumor growth.

Just as unique as a fingerprint, each patient has a particular infrared map of their breasts. Any modification of this infrared map on serial imaging (images taken over months to years) may constitute an early sign of an abnormality. However, if a pathology is suspected, this information is used to recommend further examinations and tests.

Angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation, is necessary to sustain the growth of a tumor. Digital Infrared Imaging may be the first signal that such a possibility is developing (3).

Breast Imaging

Technology, Interpretation, and Comparative Imaging

As is the case with mammography and all other imaging modalities, access to prime importance. To help distinguish a normal process from an abnormal one requires proper training, clinical experience, strict adherance to guidelines and protocols, and meticulous image acquisition. While not all tumors are visible on a mammogram, not all tumors are associated with a high level of blood vessel activity; thus, escaping infrared detection. Less aggressive lesions can be associated with less evident images. Therefore, in these select cases, DII may be an indicator suggesting a much better overall prognosis.

When digitally produced, and interpreted by qualified doctors, abnormalities or changes in infrared images provide invaluable information. This is particularly true in patients with dense breasts, non-specific physical or mammographic findings, or women with a previous history of breast surgery or radiation. The use of serial infrared imaging can draw additional attention to areas that require further evaluation or closer scrutiny during initial or subsequent exams. This further evaluation may include additional imaging such as mammography, ultrasound, or MRI. Used as a complimentary imaging technique, recent data suggests that DII may also help monitor the effects of some of the newer proposed anti-angiogenesis therapies (currently recognized as a promising treatment strategy) (6,8).

Since we have not been able to prevent breast cancer as of yet, there is a consensus among experts that more lives will be saved with earlier detection. Since both physical and mammographic examination cannot detect all cancers, particularly smaller tumors in younger patients and those with dense breast tissue, there is currently much interest in finding new ways to improve our abilities in early detection. While some techniques have emerged such as MRI, doppler ultrasound, and scintimammography, most are designed to be used in selected cases where physical and mammographic examinations have already picked up an abnormality.

Early Detection Means Life

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and the risk increases
DII’s ability to detect thermal signs that may suggest a pre-cancerous state of the breast, or signs of cancer at a very early stage, lies in its unique capability of monitoring the temperature variations produced by the earliest changes in tissue physiology (function) (3,6,7,8,9). However, DII does not have the ability to pinpoint the location of a tumor nor can it detect 100% of all cancers. Consequently, Digital Infrared Imaging’s role is in addition (an adjunct) to mammography and physical examination, not in lieu of. DII does not replace mammography and mammography does not replace DII, the tests complement each other. Since it has been determined that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect cancers when there is the greatest chance for survival. Proper use of breast self-exams, physician exams, DII, and mammography together provide the earliest detection system available to date (3,7,8,9) . If treated in the earliest
stages, cure rates greater than 95% are possible (3,6).
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Pricing

The below listed pricing and packages include a full report from board certified thermologist. Reports
can be sent to another provider as you wish. Additionally, review of the report with staff, and potential
follow up recommendations, will be provided at no additional cost.

Breast Thermography Imaging $195
Full Body without Breast $325
Full Body with Breast $395
Thyroid $175
Maxillary facial view $175