After understanding the benefits of thermography, Dr. Forsythe cannot understand why the conventional medical community does not offer it more regularly to patients as a screening procedure. “The current recommended course for improving breast cancer detection, aside from breast self exams, is for women to begin having screening mammograms at age 40, the age at which mammograms tend to be more effective at detecting breast masses. But what’s great about thermograms is that the camera can pick up heat patterns long before cancer would be detected by a mammogram without the risk of being exposed to radiation and before the age of 40.”
However, Dr. Forsythe believes that thermograms should not be the only diagnostic tool used to detect breast cancer. “In order to multiply rapidly, cancer cells create new blood vessels. Blood carries heat and these altered patterns can be detected and imaged by the thermal imaging camera. “We can't say it's cancer. Either there's an unusual formation of blood vessels, or something causes the tissues to heat up. The cause may be trauma to the breast, inflammation, or benign breast disease." Adding, "It takes eight to 10 years before the cancer can be seen on a mammogram. Can we say it is cancerous? No, but we can say there is something going on here."
What is Thermal Imaging? Source: www.LifeSavingEmail.com
Although most Americans may not be very familiar with Thermograms, many should already be familiar with the concept. Anyone who has seen action movies or television shows likely knows that the US Military has been using thermal technology—or Digital Infrared Imaging—for years. Thermography is especially valued by the military for its ability to see beneath the surface, to detect heat where the eye cannot see. In the medical world, recent advances in thermographic technology from Micro Health Systems and NEC have made this breast screening tool more widely available and more effective than ever.
How does Thermography work?
A breast thermogram is a Digital Infrared Image of a woman's breasts and upper torso. Images are taken in color, which reveal patterns of heat, and gray-scale, which show vascularity in the breast tissue. Specially trained Breast Thermographers then review the information on the images, comparing one to another, as well as to typical patterns of heat and vascularity. Various patterns of heat and vascularity in the breast tissue can reveal the earliest stages of abnormalities, everything from hormonal imbalances to cancerous tissue.
Who can perform Thermograms?
Breast Thermography has been approved by the FDA since 1982. The designation of “Thermographer” is only open to medical doctors who have completed the American Medical Infrared Academy's training program, which includes live classroom training, research projects, and oral and written exams. Thermographers are able to take and read digital images, as well as advise the patient on further work-ups that may be needed. Non-medical doctors can undergo training to become a Thermographic Technician, which allows them to take digital images and suggest treatment choices for the patient.
Breast Thermography is not necessarily considered a replacement to mammograms or other diagnostic tools. However, thermograms certainly offer advantages. First and foremost, they are completely safe, non-invasive, and radiation and pain-free. They have also been proven extremely effective at finding abnormalities in breast tissue, including the very earliest stages of breast cancer. In fact, thermograms can detect cancerous tissue years before a mammogram. Since thermograms do not pose the same health risks as mammograms, they may be started far earlier in life, even when a woman is in her teens. Given the increased incidence of breast cancer among younger women, thermography can be a great option for women in the teens and twenties. Thermograms can also be especially valuable for women with a history of breast cancer in their families, for women who've been on the pill, and for women who've been exposed to significant environmental pollutants. Not just for younger women, thermograms can be highly advantageous for post-menopausal women as they can reveal hormonal imbalances, a significant risk factor in breast cancer.
For more information or to call and make an appointment to receive a thermogram, please call the Century Wellness Clinic during regular business hours, toll-free at 877 789 0707. Further information on thermograms is available at www.LifeSavingEmail.com.
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Lisa Marie Wark is currently a free lance writer and is a business development consultant with a concentration in medical spas and alternative clinics. Currently she is President of MedSpas, a business development firm that provides physicians the necessary business tools to help them build or expand their practices into medical spa facilities. Wark was formerly an anchor and financial reporter for ON24 Financial News in San Francisco. In 2001, she was promoted to the main female anchor of three financial news broadcasts, covering a broad range of financial sectors and industries.