Thermography for Breast Screening
Current research has determined that the key to breast cancer survival rests upon its earliest possible detection. If breast cancer is discovered in its earliest stages, 95% cure rates are possible. CLEAR Center of Health is dedicated to providing one of the most essential tests in breast cancer risk assessment and early detection: Thermal Digital imaging or Breast Thermography as part of a multi faceted diagnostic approach to breast health.
Digital Infrared Imaging (Breast Thermography) is a technological break through in early breast cancer detection that brings a great deal of good news for women.
Medical Director and Founder of CLEAR Center of Health, Dr Beth McDougall explains “Breast Thermography has the ability to warn women up to 10 years before any other procedure that a cancer may be forming. As part of our multimodal approach to breast health (clinical examination + mammography + ultrasound + thermography) we have been able to help hundreds of women face breast cancer or detect breast abnormalities caused by hormonal imbalances in the earliest possible stages. With this tool I can employ early treatment protocols that can be tracked and progress measured, correcting imbalances that may lead to future breast cancer.”
How does Breast Thermography work?
While mammography relies primarily on finding the physical tumor mass, Breast Thermography is based on temperature changes detected from the increased blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes associated with a tumor’s genesis and growth.
These temperature changes are displayed as pictorial color images.
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.
In addition to early detection, Thermography is one of the most helpful tools for primary prevention of breast cancer as hormonal imbalances and precancerous tissue can show atypical thermal patterns that can be addressed with natural medicine and lifestyle changes.
DII uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images of these temperature variations.
The procedure is painless, has no risk to the patient and takes only 15 minutes.