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There is a Painless Breast Scan

Jul 29, 2014 03:48AM

Did you know there is another procedure of breast screening? More women are choosing a thermography scan, which provides earlier detection of breast disease than possible by self?examination, doctor examination or mammography alone. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a 15-minute painless test of physiology. Thermography is an essential procedure to alerting women and their doctors to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease. DITI detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, such as cancer, ?brocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. The doctor can then discuss a treatment plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and/or monitor the patient during and after any treatment.

The patient’s medical history is taken the day of the exam. The scan is radiation-free and painless. It does not come into contact with the body. It is even comfortable for women with breast implants. A subsequent session is required in three months to ensure that the thermal patterns remain unchanged. This new and exciting technology is one of the only medical procedures that can detect in?ammatory breast disease.

All women can bene?t from a thermography scan. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30?50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more dif?cult for mammography to be effective. This test can provide a clinical marker to the doctor or mammographer that a speci?c area of the breast needs particularly close examination. It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. DITI’s role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology. Thermologist (certi?ed doctors) interpret the images and create a report that the patient can take to her local health care professional.

The scan can be taken of the patient’s breast or whole body. Thermography can be used for much more than just breast disease. It is used in stroke screening and can indicate heart disease, thyroid dysfunction, digestive disorders, spinal injuries and many more disorders for both men and women 

One .day there may be a single method for the early detection of breast cancer. Until then, women should use a combination of methods to increase her chances of detecting cancer in its earliest stages. Here are some steps for early detection of breast disease:

1. Have an annual thermography scan (for women of all ages).

2. Have a mammogram (when considered appropriate for women age 50 or older).

3. Have a regular breast examination by a health professional.

4. Perform monthly breast self?examinations.

5. Become personally aware for changes in the breast.

6. Promptly discuss any changes with a doctor.

These guidelines should be considered along with the patient’s background and medical history.

Thermography’s role in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal development or existence of cancer. When thermography is used with other procedures, the best possible evaluation of breast health is achieved.

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Sherri Hudson, is a certi?ed clinical thermographer with Family Health Thermal Imaging & Detox.


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