Healthy Beginnings

Thermography: A Natural Approach for Early Breast Cancer Detection

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Infrared thermal imaging (thermography) is the latest technological advance in early detection of breast health issues and risk of breast cancer. Breast thermography utilizes a highly sensitive infrared (heat detecting) camera that simply captures temperature data and images of the breasts. This non-invasive, extremely accurate technology has the potential to identify a patient at risk for breast cancer years before a mass is formed by detecting heat caused by increased circulation and abnormal blood vessel growth to a specific site.

Thermograms are a simple, painless procedure no different than having your photograph taken, yet the camera can reveal thermal patterns that can alert to potential problems. The thermographic images are sent to a doctor who is a board-certified thermologist, similar to a radiologist, who will provide a comprehensive report for you and your doctor.

The Keys to Premier Thermal Imaging:

  • Thermal imaging must be conducted by a trained and certified clinical thermographic technician utilizing a strict and proven protocol. Because of the sensitivity of the equipment, images must be taken in a highly-controlled environment, at precise angles and only after a client has fully followed the pre-procedure checklist and acclimated to the temperature of the imaging room.
  • The infrared camera must be state-of-the-art to detect the slightest temperature differences, these cameras cost upward of $12,000, and must sync with specific IR interpretation computer software to ensure accuracy and precision.
  • The interpretation of the scans must be conducted by a doctor certified in analysis of thermograms. A thermologist, like a radiologist, is trained specifically in reading the complex thermal scans produced by these sophisticated infrared cameras. The thermologist then provides a comprehensive report, which can be shared with a client’s primary doctor.
  • If a patient receives an abnormal breast thermogram report, the appropriate follow-up diagnostic and clinical testing can be ordered. This may include other structural imaging tests, clinical laboratory procedures, nutritional and lifestyle evaluation and training in breast self examination.

Who should utilize thermography?

Women who do not want to be exposed to high levels of radiation, intense compression and discomfort of mammograms. Women who are interested in natural therapies and the latest technology for evaluating and monitoring their breast health. In fact, all women can benefit from routine thermography including women with highly-sensitive breasts, dense breast tissue, breast augmentation and implants, along with younger women wanting to monitor their health as early as age 18.

The full value of thermography is discovered over time, as a series of thermograms will show any changes – positive or negative – in the overall breast health. In performing this procedure routinely, we can establish a baseline in terms of a woman’s physiology. Annual thermographic evaluations, as part of a routine annual physical, can be performed inexpensively and quickly. Following this protocol, potential problems will be detected at its earliest possible occurrence.

Women who are proactive in managing their health and want to schedule a screening or learn more about thermography can call Carol Fowler, certified clinical thermographer and owner of Vital Thermal Imaging, at 775-526-0442 or visit Vital Thermal Imaging services the public in two locations: Incline Village and at the clinic of Dr. Frank Shallenberger, Nevada Center of Anti-Aging & Alternative Medicine, in Carson City.