Infrared Breast Thermography
Breast Thermography is an adjunct diagnostic procedure that images the breasts to aid in the early detection of abnormal heat patterns. Abnormal heat patterns are associated with inflammation, infection, hormonal imbalance and cancer. Abnormal heat patterns may identify one who is at an increased risk for the development of cancer.
The procedure is based on the principle that the temperature in both abnormal tissue and the area surrounding the abnormal tissue is almost always higher than in the normal breast. Precancerous and cancerous masses are highly metabolic tissues and need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth. In order to accomplish this, they increase the circulation to their cells by sending out chemicals to keep existing blood vessels open, recruit dormant vessels, and create new ones. This process results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast which is then identified through the use of thermography.
State of the art Breast Thermography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images of these temperature and vascular changes.
If you live in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Hollywood, or any surrounding South Florida location, give Dr. Slavin and the Institute of Advanced Medicine a call to schedule your procedure!
The procedure is both comfortable and safe, using no radiation or compression. By carefully examining changes in the temperature and blood vessels of the breasts, temperature abnormalities may be detected years before a mass can be discovered using any other procedure. The presence of these abnormalities identify individuals at increased risk of developing cancer.
Thermography has only been cleared by the FDA as an “adjunctive” tool – meaning for use alongside a diagnostic imaging modality like mammography, ultrasound or MRI. Therefore, Breast Thermography should only be used with another testing method.
- An abnormal infrared image is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer
- When added to a woman’s regular breast health checkups, a 61% increased survival rate has been realized.
- When used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + mammography + thermography) 95% of early stage cancers will be detected.
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