Home » Breast Screening
- Thermography offers a painless, non-invasive, state-of-the-art clinical test without any exposure to radiation (See fig. 1) and is a valuable procedure for alerting your GP or specialist to the possibility of underlying breast disease.
- When used as part of an early detection program, thermography gives women (and men) of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease at an early stage.
- This test is designed to improve the chances of detecting fast-growing, active tumors in the intervals between mammography screenings. When used with other procedures, the best possible evaluation of breast health is made.
- Thermography is particularly useful for women under 50 who tend to have denser breast tissue or women who’ve undergone mastectomy or other surgery of the breast.
- The screening test includes 5 images: One front view, two side views and two oblique views, which cover entire chest, underarms and lymph area. (See fig. 3) And at RHI, this test is completely private. We allow 30 minutes for this appointment which includes an opportunity to review scans and answer questions.
- Initially, two screenings, 3 months apart, generally establishes a thermal baseline. This baseline is used for all future analysis. The key to screening breast health is to monitor for change over time.
- All patients’s thermograms are interpreted by MD’s board ceritified in thermology. Your report will be on their letterhead. The reports and images are maintained in a secure data-base for future access.
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is not usually detected by mammograms or ultrasounds. Its aggressive nature makes early detection critical. Fig. 2 shows a thermogram of a woman with IBC who had no symptoms of the disease.
- Don’t forget to do your monthly breast self exam!