IMPROVEMENT IS SUGGESTED AFTER 5 MONTHS OF WORKING WITH HER PROGRESSIVE DOCTOR AND UTILIZING PREVENTATIVE THERAPIES.
Our Reports are very comprehensive for both patient and doctor. We want to empower you with all of your unique thermal data.
Protocol, No Contact Procedure and Risk Rating Explanation
Before your breast exam:
· You cannot be sunburned on the region being imaged or have a fever at the time of your exam.
· You should avoid chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, analgesic creams or balm,
magnets or poultice for 24 hours prior to your examination.
Discuss with your physician BEFORE discontinuing any of the below.
· Avoid coffee, tea, soda or other beverages containing caffeine for 4 hours prior to exam.
· Do not smoke cigarettes or use any product which contains nicotine an hour before your exam.
· Do not shave your under arms 24 hours prior to your examination.
· Avoid applying creams, lotions, talcum powder, or other skin products on regions being imaged.
· Avoid rigorous exercise for at least 1 hour prior to your examination.
· Do not bathe or shower in HOT water for at least 1 hour prior to your imaging.
· Please inform us if you have had radiation treatment within the last 6 months
Do not wear deodorant the day of your appointment.
During your Breast Thermogram:
· You will be placed in a private room for 15 minutes so your body can acclimate to room temperature.
This creates a "Thermal Steady State".
· You will disrobe from the waist up during this time.
· You will sit on a swiveling stool in front of the infrared camera.
· Once acclimated, you will be asked to place your hands behind your head as the images are taken.
· There is no compression, physical contact or physical exam.
· The Thermographer will be viewing live thermal images on a computer screen.
· Thermal breast images are captured from the front, oblique and lateral.
The Board Certified Thermography professional will review your images directly after imaging. You will receive a very detailed report from an MD in about a week. Rush services available if needed. Your Thermogram will be sent to you and/or to your doctor via email.
Note: Abnormal signs may be indicated on a patient’s initial Thermogram that could be determined as stable, once recommended serial thermal imaging is established to create a baseline and/or due to known non-cancerous causes (e.g. abscess or recent benign surgery). Thermograms do not provide “negative” or “positive” results. It is common for mammography, ultrasound and/or MRI to report “negative” findings even when a Thermogram reports high risk. This does not conclude that cancer is not present. Cancer may not be structurally large enough to be detected by additional imaging options. It is important to utilize preventative strategies regardless of a high or low risk Thermogram and/or a negative mammogram, ultrasound or MRI.
Low – These ratings suggest the lowest risk of current or future breast cancer. These ratings do not guarantee that the breasts are cancer free, and should not delay any other breast examination recommended by your doctor. The increase in risk between Low and Medium is minimal.
Moderate – This rating suggests signs of physiological stress and inflammation, meaning that a patient has a mid-level risk that breast cancer is currently present or may develop in the future. Other diagnostic tests should be performed if these have not been done. A high percentage of Medium risk Thermograms normalize in time or remain stable due to each patient’s unique physiology. Serial imaging with thermography is recommended in order to determine if the patient’s findings are stable, as everyone's thermal profile is unique.
High - This rating suggests substantial signs of physiological stress and inflammation, meaning that the patient has a high risk that breast cancer may be present or may develop in the future. This rating is not a guarantee that cancer is present, and needs to be evaluated by a doctor.
All required clinical protocols were observed: The patient was partially disrobed and underwent thermal equilibration for 15 minutes with the temperature of the examination room 18°C - 23°C. Examination performed consistent with recommended protocol for thermal breast examinations. The data for this examination were acquired using an infrared sensitive camera. Views of the breasts consisted of a frontal image, including the sternum, and lateral images that included the axillary regions.
Additional Breast Thermography Evaluation Information
This examination was performed using a high-resolution computerized thermal imaging camera in a controlled environment after following strict pre-imaging protocols. Thermography attempts to detect signs of physiological stress, inflammation and/or stability. The purpose is to raise body health awareness and promote wellness. It is not a screening examination for internal disease and cannot replace other screening or diagnostic examinations.
Thermal imaging provides a window into your whole health. It helps warn us of inflammation that could develop into disease, determine a woman’s risk for currently having breast cancer or developing it in the future by looking at the surface temperature of the breasts. This information can be used to help determine when additional testing is necessary, to improve the accuracy of finding cancer on other examinations, and sometimes aids in monitoring treatment. Thermography is an adjunct screening and does not replace other diagnostic tests.
Thermal breast imaging is a functional test to evaluate temperature as an indicator of metabolic and/or angiogenic (blood vessel) activity. It does not directly detect or diagnose cancer but can indicate the level of risk for breast cancer. Causes of increased heat which Thermography may image include a variety of conditions including cancer, inflammation, infection, healing scars, benign tumors, and others.
An abnormal thermal finding is not a guarantee that cancer is present, nor is a low risk thermal image a guarantee that cancer is not present. It is not independently diagnostic of pathology. Thermography is a topographical infrared mapping technology which does not see inside the body. When Thermography is abnormal other imaging is necessary to validate and localize disease.
Breast Thermography is intended to monitor breast health over time. Each woman has distinct thermal patterns, like a “thermal fingerprint”, which should not change substantially from year to year. Baseline studies for comparison are therefore important. Follow-up Thermograms may then identify changes that could represent physiological differences that warrant additional investigation.
LOW RISK THERMOGRAM EXAMPLE BELOW
As you can see, her thermovascular patterns are similar in both
breasts, and analyzed contra-lateral temperatures confirm low risk.
She now has the opportunity to monitor for pattern and temperature changes over her lifetime. This patient has utililized Breast Thermography for over 20 years, and her thermal findings have remained stable.
HIGHEST RISK THERMOGRAM EXAMPLE BELOW
Her mammogram failed to detect Cancer, anyone can see her Thermogram clearly suggests a serious "fever" in her Left breast. She was diagnosed after an MRI. It is unfortunate that she had not heard of Breast Thermography many years ago.
We provide our clients with the color palette as well as the inverted gray scale of each image. The gray scale is easier for the human eye to detect vascular patterns. We feel it is important to provide our clients and their health care professionals with both.
Thermography is an infrared screening service, it is not a treatment or diagnosing service. The statements on this website have not been approved or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Thermography is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with a qualified health care practitioner when seeking medical advice.
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