MEDICAL THERMOGRAPHY

Medical Thermography


  • Peripheral Blood Flow Assessment

  • Pain Assessment

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Assessment


  • Breast Health Screening


  • Monitoring changes from treatment


  • Safe, no radiation


  • Painless, no physical contact with your body

A Little More on Breast Thermography

What is Breast Thermography?
Breast thermography has been around for decades and due to improving technology, accuracy and reproducibility has improved.  Studies show malignant pathology (cancer) produces increasing heat due to altered metabolic activity and new blood vessel growth.  Blood vessel growth is necessary for a cancer to survive and thrive.  Increased metabolic activity and vascularization produces heat which can be visualized by sensitive infrared imaging equipment.  The primary difference between imaging methods such 
Mammography, MRI, Ultrasound (all structural imaging methods) and thermography, is that thermography is a physiologic assessment.  Structural imaging is looking for a mass or other findings suggestive of cancer; thermography is looking for the body’s response to a cancer, or indications of pathology that might increase cancer risk.  
Thermography in Risk Assessment

In addition to looking for evidence of breast cancer, thermography is used to evaluate risk and to assess the benefits of proactive breast health improvement.  Studies show a persistently abnormal breast thermogram is a strong indication of a substantially greater lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.  This has been reported to be up to 22 times greater than women with a normal thermogram.  Some studies also show that an abnormal infrared image is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer, 10 times more significant than a family history of the disease.  So why is this important?  If you know you are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer, you can take steps to address your breast health and reduce your risk. 

It is worth noting that breast density, reductions, implants (generally), do not interfere with effective breast thermography.  Additionally, there is no physical contact, therefore no discomfort, and no radiation exposure.  For additional information on the procedure, see the links below.

Important – Please Read

Breast thermography should be considered adjunctive to other forms of imaging such as MRI, Mammography, Ultrasound.  This is the FDA approved use for breast thermography.  Keep in mind the intended use of thermography is complementary to other forms of imaging. Thermography is not diagnostic of cancer. Thermography maps heat patterns which may indicate cancer, infection, inflammation, hormone imbalance, surface lesions and more.  Abnormal thermographic findings require further investigation, and as such, you should follow up your thermogram with your health care provider.  No form of imaging provides 100 percent accuracy.  Not Mammography, not MRI’s, not Thermography or any other method.  The best results come from combining various assessment techniques.  

Breast thermography is not without its critics (of course the same can be said about mammography and just about anything else in medicine).   Let us know if you have questions.  We encourage you to do your own research to help you decide if breast thermography should be part of your breast care program.

Here are two articles, one from a breast imaging specialist, Dr. Hudson and one from a gynecologist, Christine Northrup, MD, you might find interesting.  Hundreds of studies on breast thermography have been completed.

Mammography vs. Thermography  Thomas Hudson, MD
Christine Northrup, MD.
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Why Premier Acupuncture for Thermography?

  • We introduced medical thermography to Southcentral Alaska in 2003

  • We use state of the art, high definition medical thermography equipment.  Better imaging means better assessment.

  • We have the only board certified clinical thermographer in Southcentral Alaska.
      
  • We include an appointment to review your thermogram report by our board certified thermographer at no cost to you. 

  • We are able to offer follow up care for abnormal thermograms and can refer you to other health care providers familiar with breast thermograms, for further assessment and treatment if needed.
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