Do you have a family history of cancer and worry about your health? Worrying over the possibilities how the health of someone in your immediate family might effect your own life might cause us to do more testing than we would do otherwise.
What is Breast Thermography? (also know as Medical Computerized Thermal Volumetric Tomographic Imaging.)
Most diseases including cancer are more lifestyle related than hereditary. The fact is that most of the screening tests we have today are designed to diagnose latest and most critical stages of disease. Mammograms can cause Breast Cancer. Since mammography screening was introduced, there has been a significant rise in the incidence of a form of breast cancer called “ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).” In fact, this form of breast cancer has increased by 328%.
Breast thermography in New York offers you the chance to regain your health before irreparable damage is done. Inflammation is the earliest stage of almost all major health challenges. Because it measures heat, Medical Computerized Thermal Volumetric Tomographic Imaging easily detects conditions in the inflammatory stage, which can last for years! That’s how it can be beneficial to uncover many early stage conditions, from heart and vascular decease to diabetes and much more.
Specifically, many women use Breast Thermography for breast screening. Earlier detection of abnormalities is crucial. Women also prefer Breast Thermography because there is no harmful radiation which is a cause of 15% of all breast cancers, it’s painless and fast.
Mammography poses a wide range of risks of which women worldwide still remain uninformed. The potential radiation hazards associated with routine screening mammography, in terms of breast cancer induction, are discussed in the context of the potential benefits. Ionizing radiation causes double and multiple strand breaks in DNA and is accepted as a primary cause of cancer. Since the 1970s, the gold standard for breast cancer detection, in the Western world, has been screening mammography. Since 1970, the percentage of women with breast cancer has tripled.
Cancer can be caused by a number of factors. Excess estrogen, carcinogens from chemicals and other factors contribute to allowing cancer to grow. Family history and genetics are rarely a factor. That means we are unknowingly doing it to ourselves.
Radiation became the longest standing and most documented cause of cancer. Even Thomas Edison refused ever to have an X-Ray. Viewing inside the human body, however, was so compelling that the risks have been virtually ignored, down-played, and thought of as “worth the benefit.” You might ask, “To whom is this worth the risks?” Although mammography was quickly accepted in the 1970s as the answer to the breast cancer problem, no known research was carried out on the effects of radiation on the breast at that time.
Breast Thermography (Medical Computerized Thermal Volumetric Tomographic Imaging) offers a safe, noninvasive procedure that would be valuable as an adjunct to mammography in determining whether a lesion is benign or malignant with a 99% predictive value.
Regular breast screening with Breast Thermography is important, at least on an annual basis because any changes in normal function will appear in comparative studies. Comparative studies also offer the opportunity to review changes and corroborate them with any subtle signs or symptoms you may have. Through routine use of Medical Computerized Thermal Volumetric Tomographic Imaging, you will have options for non-invasive treatment for any early stage abnormal conditions.
The first recorded use of thermo-biological diagnostics can be found in the writings of Hippocrates around 480 B.C. A mud slurry spread over the patient was observed for areas that would dry first and was thought to indicate underlying organ pathology. The first use of diagnostic thermography came in 1957 when R. Lawson discovered that the skin temperature over a cancer in the breast was higher than that of normal tissue.
On January 29, 1982, the Food and Drug Administration published its approval and classification of thermography as an adjunctive diagnostic screening procedure for the detection of breast cancer. Since the late 1970’s, numerous medical centers and independent clinics have used thermography for a variety of diagnostic purposes.
Over 800 peer-reviewed studies on thermography exist in the index-medicus literature. Strict standardized interpretation protocols have been established for over 15 years.
Considering the contribution that thermography has demonstrated thus far in the field of early cancer detection, all possibilities should be considered for promoting further technical, biological, and clinical research in this procedure.
Our role is to provide you with quality thermal images, knowledge and non-bias information, as well as steps to improve your overall health. For additional information regarding the benefits of Medical Thermal Imaging has for you personally, check the section related to the patient information. You will be fascinated to learn about an advanced technology that is saving lives today.
Best test results with Breast Thermography is achieved on 8-10 day from the beginning of menstruation.
Before your exam:
- You must wait at least 3 months after major breast surgery, completion of chemotherapy or radiation before a thermal exam.
- You must wait at least 1 month after biopsy or minor surgery
- Avoid tanning or sunburn 1 week before the exam
- For 24 hours before the exam:
- Avoid exercise or physical stimulation, massage or chiropractic adjustments
- Refrain from sauna, steam-room or hot/cold packs
- No significant fevers
- On the day of the exam:
- Do not shave your underarms or use any skin creams, lotions or deodorants on the areas to be imaged
- For 2 hours before the exam:
- Refrain from tobacco use, coffee or tea consumption
- Refrain from exercise, bathing or showering
- Avoid eating or chewing gum
During the exam:
You will be in a comfortably cool private room. The measurements will be taken by contact of the thermometer with your body. There will be no injections, radiation or fluids to drink.
You will be offered a special brazier for breast or bodysuit for body exam to wear during the exam.
Breast exam will take about 15-30 minutes, depending on a size of the breast. A full body exam will take approximately 60-90 minutes and time is allowed to briefly review the images before you leave.
Your images, along with your questionnaire and interpretation will be sent or given to you when the report is complete. A copy can be sent to your doctor by written request.
When reading these images, we look for certain temperature findings and shape of thermal fields in the breasts or body areas which may suggest elevated risk for disease. Thermal imaging provides information about current and future risk only and does not diagnose diseases. Thermal imaging findings should be correlated with diagnostic examinations before a final diagnosis and treatment decision is made. It does not replace any other breast examination.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in American women over the age of 40, and over 182,000 women are diagnosed each year. Twenty-five percent of these women will die because cancer is diagnosed in a late stage. Until the early 1980s, the only procedure available for detecting tumors, aside from self-examination, was the mammogram. During the mammography test the breasts are painfully squashed between cold glass plates that’s why women often reluctant to have it done.
In 1982, the FDA approved a new breast cancer detection procedure called thermography, which is non-invasive and considered mainstream in Europe and Canada. Breast Thermography is not necessarily better than mammography, as each has their place in the world of medicine. These are two different technologies, and each has their strengths and limitations.
The thermography device is incredibly sensitive to changes in temperature it measures up to 0.001C and the software has a built in “recognition” ability for shapes of the temperature fields resembling malignant tumors. The images, along with the questionnaire, can be sent to physicians who are specially trained to interpret thermographic scans. They will interpret the images, compare them to any previous ones, and send back a report. The patient is given two copies of the report with the images, so she can keep one and share one with a care provider if desired. It’s recommended that the patient have two thermograms three months apart to establish a baseline, so the physician can make sure the first set of images shows a stable pattern for the individual. Patient should then have one thermogram every year.
Also, a mammogram would be very limited for a woman with implants, because mammography can’t see well through them. Thermography is a test of physiology, not a test of anatomy the way a mammogram is, so it doesn’t matter if there are implants there, the information is still available. A mammogram sees by looking at the density of tumor tissue, as opposed to the surrounding tissue. So, women with dense breasts—those with implants, fibrocystic breasts, or young women—don’t screen as well on mammography, tumors don’t stand out.
A large percentage of tumors are located in the upper and outer quadrants of the breast and are often missed by the mammogram, because it can only see what can be squeezed between the plates.
Radiation exposure from mammography carries risk. It’s difficult for the body to repair the DNA damage that comes from these x-rays. And prior to menopause women’s breast tissue is much more vulnerable to damage from x-ray, also we don’t want to be screening really young women with mammograms.
It is important to note that thermography picks up on some abnormal changes many years before it would show up on a mammogram. Tumors have to grow eight to ten years before they’re big enough to show up on a mammogram and all that time is lost, when you could be intervening. Abnormal cells that are growing into a tumor are also growing a blood supply to themselves in order to do that. Breast Thermography would detect this abnormal blood supply earlier, offering the opportunity for prevention in terms of breast cancer.
And even if a tumor is well enough established to show up with Medical Computerized Thermal Volumetric Tomographic Imaging (Breast Thermography) you can use other diagnostic therapies, like the mammogram, ultrasound or MRI, to further localize it and have a biopsy earlier on when you have more options open to you.
If you have any questions about a Breast Thermography exam or need additional information please call us at 212-873-4244. To schedule an appointment click here.
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