No it does not. Thermography and mammography are two completely different screening procedures. Mammography uses ionizing radiation (known cancer causing agent) to detect structural changes-lump(s) in your breasts. Both breasts have to be compressed, which is not only painful but also can cause potential spreading of cancer cells if present due to very tight compression. Since mammography is looking for abnormal lumps, these structures have to grow to a certain size to be detectable by a mammogram (which may take years). Thermography uses NO radiation, there is no painful compression involved, as it simply takes a picture of your breasts with a sophisticated infrared digital camera. Thermography looks for physiological changes (not structural changes) in your breasts, in other words, it evaluates how your breast tissue functions. It looks for heat/thermal abnormalities, vascular abnormalities, thermal asymmetries and lymphatic congestion..
• Radiation free
• No painful compression
• Quick, convenient, effective, affordable
• Effective for women with breast implants
• Safe for pregnant and lactating women
• Effective for women with dense/fibrocystic breasts
• Effective for women with previous mastectomy
• Appropriate for women of all ages (18 and up)
• Providing very early detection
• Can be done more frequently without any risks
Thermography can detect a wide range of condition at a very early stage and that is why thermography is so popular (breast health monitoring, thyroid function, oral health, carotids health, digestive problems, inflammation, soft tissue injury, nerve damage, etc). Thermography can warn you years in advance of a potential problem, so you can take the necessary steps to take care of yourself. Thermography can help define a previously diagnosed condition/injury, healing progress, as well as identifying an abnormal area for further diagnostic testing. Health conscious people truly benefit from thermography, as they like to head off possible health problems before it’s too late.
Absolutely, it is safe! There is no harmful radiation involved as thermography uses a sophisticated infrared digital camera detecting heat. There is no painful compression of breast tissue involved (as experienced with mammograms). Thermography is not painful, as it is no touch imaging.
Yes! Breast thermography has been approved by the FDA in 1982 as an adjunct breast screening procedure.
No, you do not. The majority of our clients are self referred. We do have, however, many physicians (MD, DO, DC) who refer their patients to us, as they value and understand the benefits of thermography imaging.
No, thermography does not diagnose cancer. Remember, thermography nor mammography can diagnose cancer. The only screening tool that provides diagnoses is a needle biopsy. Thermogaphy uses an infrared technology that can shows a problem on a cellular level.
Thermography has the ability to detect thermal/heat abnormalities, thermal asymmetries, vascularity and lymphatic congestion; therefore identify a wide range of conditions. Thermography can warn you years in advance of a possible problem, you can then take the necessary steps to take care of your health.
• Before you come in, you'll be asked to follow exam protocol to ensure the accuracy of the scan (the instructions will be emailed to you prior your appointment. For example: avoiding sauna, avoiding exercise, etc. anything that may increase your body temperature)
• When you come in for your scan, we’ll briefly discuss your medical history and your health status for us to better understand where you are on your wellness journey
• The technician will fully explain and demonstrate the procedure and will answer any questions you may have
• You will then acclimate for at least 10-15 minutes (cool down without clothing) to assure the accuracy of your scan (for breast imaging, upper body will be disrobed only. For a full body imaging, disrobed fully)
• The actual scan takes about 5-25 minutes depending on the type of scan you have done (breast vs full body)
• Your images, including your health questionnaire will then be sent off to the physicians who will evaluate your images and write a results report. We have 3 level review, meaning 3 different Doctors review the report, for highest quality.
• You will receive your results report and your images within 1-2 weeks after your imaging appointment, expedited 48 hours turn around avail per request.
Thermography can be done as often as client wants as it poses no risk to your health. After you do your initial scan and the images are reviewed by doctors, they will recommend how often should you do it based on the finings.
YES! I know a lot of women with breast implants and they are simply afraid of having their breasts compressed by mammograms. Thermography offers a safe evaluation of the breast tissue without harmful radiation and compression.
When it comes to dense/fibrocystic breast tissue, doctors often experience difficulties reading a mammogram because of the density. The tissue looks lumpy and it is difficult to distinguish between benign and malignant tissue. Since Thermography does not look for lumps, the structural makeup of your breasts will not affect the outcome of your Thermogram.
That will be a great start! Thermograms are safe for any ages from 18 & up. It is never too early or too late to start with prevention or early detection. Especially, if you are in a higher risk group (history of breast cancer in your family), it is important to start monitoring your breasts health as early as possible. The earlier you start, the better outcome you can expect because you can safely monitor changes over time and detect possible changes very early. Thermography can in fact be a less expensive option for women under the age of 40 because insurance will typically not cover a mammogram at a young age.
No, in fact, thermography is very affordable. Thermography may end up costing you much less then a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, etc. Prices vary from $249 - $499; Please, visit our Pricing Page for more information.
The majority of insurance companies focus on disease treatment rather than disease prevention. You can always check with your insurance company and inquire about thermography. Also, you are welcome to use your HSA or FSA card for your thermography imaging.
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