How does it work?
The high-resolution infrared thermal imaging technology was originally developed by the US Military and was FDA approved in 1982 intended for adjunctive diagnostic screening for detection of breast cancer or other uses by measuring the infrared heat coming from the surface of the skin. The skin must be exposed to the air and telethermographic camera. Once the body is cooled down, the images are taken. Using specialized software and an additional 20 step process, a certified doctor interprets the breast's temperature, symmetry, its vascularity, and physiology and reports the findings. These finding are monitored for change over time.
How often do I need a Thermogram?
A yearly Thermogram is recommended to create a baseline profile for optimal breast health monitoring, unless images dictate the need for more frequent monitoring.
When should I get my first Thermogram?
Women as young as 20 can benefit from Breast Thermography. This creates a baseline that can then be used to compare physiological changes that occur with aging, toxicity, injury and hormonal changes.
How long does it take?
Office visits takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Actual Exam takes about 15 minutes.
Other exam times depend on extent of area being imaged.
How much does it cost?
Breast Thermogram: $200 to $250 (depending on location) - We charge $200
Full Body: $450 - $550
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Mammography vs. Thermography
A mammogram is an anatomical test that focuses on detecting masses. A thermogram is a physiological test that focuses on physiological changes, risk of developing cancer and detecting cancer. Each sees different breast characteristics. Thermography is completely non-invasive and safe. Mammography uses radiation and compression. It is like trying to compare Apple to Oranges, you cannot.
Mammograms do not replace Thermograms, nor do Thermograms replace Mammograms
What if I have breast implants?
Because Thermography does not require any contact or compression it is a great resource for women with breast implants and for all densities.
What is the primary advantage?
Breast Thermography monitoring can detect physiological abnormalities before anatomical screenings can usually detect a mass.
When used under carefully controlled clinical protocols, it is an excellent case management tool for the ongoing monitoring and treatment of breast disease.
What if I am pregnant or nursing?
No radiation is used so Thermography is completely safe for pregnant or nursing women.
How can I trust that thermography is valid?
Over 30 years of clinical use and more than 800 peer-reviewed studies in the medical literature have established thermography as a safe and effective means to examine the human body. In this data base well over 300,000 women have been included as study participants. The numbers of participants in many studies are very large ranging from 37,000 to 118,000 women. Some of these studies followed patients up to 12 years. Breast thermography has 99% sensitivity, 90% accuracy and 90% specificity in tracking thermovascular temperatures.
Extensive research and investigation performed at prestigious medical teaching institutions such as Johns Hopkins University Medical School, have established normal values for the distribution of heat in each region of the body. Variation from these normal values are measured and correlated with suspected injuries or diseases in the same way a blood or urine laboratory study is interpreted. Since the pattern of surface heat reflects the interior structure, we can “see” your neurologic response through thermography. You would expect only one of three responses – a cooling response (healthy breasts), no change in temperature (cancer as a rule, does not cool), and a paradoxical warming response.
Thermography is an infrared screening service, it is not a treatment or diagnosing service. The statements on this website have not been approved or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Thermography is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with a qualified health care practitioner when seeking medical advice.