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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thermography - A Noninvasive Imaging / Screening Test

What Is Thermography?
With this early detection possibility, why aren't women lining up to get their annual Thermography exam instead of their annual mammogram? The reason has to do with education, plain and simple. Many women still do not know that this safe, effective breast health monitoring tool even exists.

Thermography offers the opportunity for much earlier breast disease detection than is possible through self-examination, doctor examination or mammography alone because the procedure can detect the subtlest of physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease.

Thermography uses an infrared scanning device to convert infrared radiation emitted from your skin's surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color on the monitor.

This visual image graphically maps body temperature (the map itself is call a thermogram). The spectrum of colors on the screen indicate an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in a normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries can be easily identified.  Once identified, your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and /or monitor your progress.


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