What is Thermography?
Thermography is a radiation-free, pain-free, state-of-the-art screening procedure that captures heat images of the whole body, as well as target areas like the breasts, to aid in the early detection of cancer and other diseases. As a tumor grows, it develops a blood supply that emits heat which can then be detected with a specialized infrared thermal camera. A team of doctors and thermologists highly trained and certified in the science of thermography then interpret the thermal images, note abnormalities, and make recommendations for further evaluation as warranted.
Thermography can be utilized by women with dense breast tissue and women of any age, even young women with a family history of breast cancer. Whereas mammography is not recommended under the age of 40, can miss up to 20% of tumors, has the radiation dosage of 20 chest x-rays, is especially painful for many women, and has been found to be statistically ineffective in women with dense breasts.
Thermography has been used for breast cancer detection since 1956. It was cleared by the FDA in 1982 as an adjunctive procedure for breast cancer screening. There are over 800 published studies in peer-reviewed journals about thermography of the breast alone. Many of these articles show the success rate of breast thermography greater than 90%. A 2008 study at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Cornell was published in the American Journal of Surgery showing a 97% sensitivity.
Young Women at Risk
Over 20,000 cases of breast cancer have been reported annually in women under the age of 40. This population has been consistently neglected by traditional breast cancer screenings. When cancer strikes young women, it is typically a more aggressive form and is less likely to respond to treatment.
There is currently no other routine screening test for women under 40. Thermography is an ideal test for this age group considering it is a radiation free screening.
No Radiation | No Contact With Breast Thermography
Many women, including some doctors, fear mammograms are causing over-treatment and resulting in core cases of cancer. According to a recent study published by scientists in the New England Journal of Medicine, 1.3 million US women have received unnecessary and invasive cancer treatments including surgery, radiology, hormone therapy and chemotherapy over the last 30 years. This is in large part due to routine mammograms detecting harmless tumors.
Other studies conducted in European countries have concluded mammograms reduce the risk of death from cancer by less than 10 percent or not at all.
Thermography can reduce the number of false positives and over-treatment of breast cancer by demonstrating whether a tumor is metabolically active or not when combined with anatomical testing.
Full Body Health Screenings
Thermography is a safe, adjunctive screening method helpful in the diagnosis and documentation of other diseases as well.
Full Body Thermal Imaging
Breast Health Screening
Nervous System Disorders
Vascular System Analysis
Where Can I Get This Done?
If you are in Austin, visit Austin Thermography at https://www.austintherm.com and follow them on Instgram @austintherm
Austin Thermography is a member of BTI: Breast Thermography International. You can call 877-315-SCAN or visit btiscan.com for a location near you.
A big thank you to Austin Thermography and Owner Amanda Allen, CTT for providing this information to share!
Amanda is trained and certified by the Professional Academy of Clinical Thermology as a Thermographic Technician. As a technician she will provide you with the highest quality thermographic imaging, using the latest, most advanced infrared camera available, so you can have a more complete picture of your health. Amanda has over ten years of experience in patient care and takes great pride in putting her clients at ease throughout the screening process.
Disclaimer: Thermography is not a replacement or substitute for mammograms or other methods of accepted screening for cancer. Follow the advice of your doctor.