October is well-known as Breast Cancer Awareness month, but we prefer to call it Breast HEALTH Awareness month. Our goal is to spread the word about a way that women can learn more about their breast health and focus on prevention, instead of spreading fear and anxiety about breast cancer.
This diagnostic tool is Thermography (also referred to as Thermal Imaging). Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging creates digital images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images show heat, blood supply and metabolic activity and are analyzed by a doctor for abnormalities that may indicate signs of disease in the body. This differs from Ultrasounds and MRI’s which show mass and structure.
Thermography can detect irregular patterns in the breast and conditions that occur before a noticeable lump is formed. This is important because inflammatory cancer is not a “lump” cancer and cannot be detected by self-exam or Mammogram. Annual Thermography scans help with early detection, mapping changes in the body’s heat patterns over time, and alerting you to any deviations from your norm.
The best part is that thermal Imaging is:
- Painless (No Compression)
- Emits absolutely no radiation
It takes about 30 minutes total for a breast scan.
1. You begin by sitting in a temperature-controlled room to allow the body to cool from any external conditions and to complete paperwork including a health survey.
2. You are then positioned in front of a Thermal Imaging Camera and the technician takes digital pictures. During this photo session, which lasts about 5-15 minutes, you will be able to see your body “live” on the computer screen, which helps you to better understand your body.
3. Following the photo session, your digital images are sent out to a certified doctor for analysis of the amount of heat and the symmetry of the heat patterns. Heat patterns may indicate infection, inflammation or a variance from your body’s norm.
4. A report is then delivered directly to you via email or mail within 3-7 business days. This report will help you and your doctor to determine any next steps.
5. It is really important to have an annual Thermogram to monitor your health and watch for any abnormal changes. The best way to detect problems is to measure changes against your body’s normal baseline.
Thermal imaging is a proactive, preventative method for measuring inflammation and identifying conditions before disease occurs. Inflammation is a precursor to many diseases such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Early detection of inflammation may help you prevent such health conditions from developing. You can reduce inflammation through dietary changes, nutritional supplements, antioxidants, detoxification, stress-reduction, acupuncture, and more.
Breast Screening Results:
Not all masses in the breast are cancerous. In fact 8 out of 10 masses detected are fibroids and cysts. Breast tissue is fatty and generally exudes cool temperatures in normal findings.
Abnormal breast screenings on a thermal scan have a few things in common:
1. Asymmetry: One breast has a hot spot – and/or is a different temperature than the other (by more than 2 degrees).
2. Vascular blood flow patterns/changes: Tumors generate heat as they feed & grow.
What else can Thermography detect?
- Arthritis –detect early signs and differentiate between Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis
- Back and Neck Pain – allows you to determine the correct target area for restorative care
- Dental issues –TMJ, gum disease and/or an infected tooth.
- Sinus issues & Headaches –may indicate that some of the systems in your body are not functioning properly
- Heart Disease – can assess heart function and detect inflammation in the Carotid arteries (which can be a precursor to stroke and blood clots)
- Immune dysfunction, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue –the immune system is observed in the T1 and T2 areas of the spine along with Chronic fatigue and aching joints
- Digestive disorders – IBS, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease are often visible with Thermography.
- Unexplained Pain –determine the source of the pain. Sometimes physical pain is in one location while a symptom of the problem is in another.
- Extent of Injury – objective assessment of the severity of pain by the temperature radiating from the affected areas.
I have had Thermography screenings twice now and have been fortunate to see my own breast health improve from the first screening to the second. I did an upper body scan during the second screening and was able to identify issues in my colon that led me to do a colonoscopy. I’m really glad that I did both the upper body thermogram screening and the colonoscopy now. Without the thermogram, I would likely have postponed getting my first colonoscopy. My scan also identified some dental issues, which I have been able to successfully address working with a holistic dentist. These digital scans have turned out to be spot on accurate! Upper and full-body scans take about 45 minutes to complete.
For more information about thermography, check out Dr. Christiane Northrup’s article here http://www.drnorthrup.com/best-breast-test/
Sandra Chaloux is the founder and owner of wellnesshubnova.com. WellnessHubNova.com (Wellness Hub LLC) is the online information resource for Northern Virginia residents who are looking for alternative, holistic, and integrative health and wellness services.
Tammy Leiner is the founder and owner of the Longevity Centers covering the Mid-Atlantic region and Washington DC. Tammy received her certification in Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) and completed advanced clinical training at Duke University Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Leando, President of the American College of Clinical Thermology (ACCT) in 2004. Tammy is a passionate advocate of breast thermography – specifically, for women who want earlier detection and prevention, less invasiveness from compression and/or harmful radiation. Women of all ages can benefit from annual breast thermal scans.
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