Thermography is a highly sensitive, radiation-free heat image that can be taken as easily as a photograph. Thermography displays detailed heat patterns in the body.
Breast thermography works by detecting minute temperature changes in breast tissue. Breast thermography can indicate everything from a clean bill of health to the possibility of diseases and abnormalities. If heat patterns are present that indicate the possibility of unhealthy changes, follow-up procedures may be required to rule out (or properly diagnose) breast cancer and other breast diseases such as fibrocystic syndrome, Paget’s disease, ductal carcinoma, and poor lymph circulation.
According to the American Cancer Society, “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.”
Building a Breast Thermography Baseline
Because early detection of breast cancer saves lives, at Great Alchemy, we look at breast thermography as a form of preventative maintenance. Thermography is the ideal way to “document” a woman’s breast health.
This documentation is especially helpful before a woman embarks on preventative breast health program. After a couple of months of eating a healthy diet, getting daily exercise, addressing nutritional deficiencies with pharmaceutical-grade supplements, and receiving regular lymphatic massages to enhance the body’s ability to cleanse itself, a second thermography image is taken and compared to the first. The results frequently show dramatic improvements.
The best time to do breast thermography is before any concerns arise. This preventative use of thermography is especially helpful for younger women. By creating a baseline of breast thermography pictures, doctors can view progressions over time and make precise comparisons that pinpoint areas of concern.
Unlike a mammogram, thermography does NOT emit radiation, so these images can be taken frequently without any worry about unwanted exposure.
Patients who know they have a higher risk of developing breast cancer can be monitored carefully to ensure that no unhealthy changes occur — or catch these changes quickly if they do. Again, this use of thermography is particularly important for younger women because thermography can be performed years before a mammogram would be appropriate.
More mature women also benefit from regular breast thermography as part of a breast cancer prevention program, especially since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that women between the ages of 50 and 74 have a mammogram every other year — instead of once a year, as previously recommended.
Breast Thermography Versus Mammography
At Great Alchemy, our focus is on the health of our patients. We believe that thermography, mammography, breast self-exams, and regular medical check-ups all have their place in women’s health. Depending upon which studies you read, breast thermography and mammography are both able to detect cancer approximately 80-85 percent of the time.
As a thermography provider, our goal is to offer our patients the best possible healthcare at an affordable price. The three biggest advantage thermography has over mammography are:
- The ability to take as many images as necessary without the fear of radiation exposure.
- Thermography is like having a professional portrait picture taken — there is no pain or discomfort.
- Thermography is much less expensive than a mammogram.
To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if thermography is a smart choice for you, please contact Great Alchemy at 303-554-4444.