Thermography utilizes Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging to detect heat variations with thermovascular temperature and vascular patterns. Patterns of heat and vascularity can reveal the earliest indications of disease while they are still in the formative stages. These temperatures and patterns can be monitored over time for changes caused by physiological abnormalities, inflammation, and/or increased blood flow, possibly indicating a pre-cancerous condition or cancer development. As a tumor grows, it develops a bigger (and hotter) blood supply. An infrared camera picks up this as a heat signal and forms an image, Thermography can also detect the presence of heat from an infectious process or from a pre-existing anatomical abnormality (i.e. lump) in the breast. Thermography is also the best way to detect soft tissue trauma or damage. It is a non-invasive, radiation-free, safe, and painless process.
Thermography uses infrared imaging to generate highly detailed digital pictures. The military began using infrared imaging in the 1950’s. Valued for its ability to detect and pinpoint areas of heat and movement, this technology provided a way for the military to “see’ what and where the eye or other surveillance techniques couldn’t -it is also known as “night vision”.
While the FDA has approved breast thermography since 1982, the greatest developments in this field have emerged in just the last few years with the advent of digital photography and high-resolution digital imaging. What is extraordinary about these intricate images is that they are able to display patterns of heat and vascularity within the tissue itself.
These temperatures and patterns can be monitored over time for changes caused by physiological abnormalities, inflammation, and/or increased blood flow, possibly indicating a pre-cancerous condition or cancer development.
Thermography Testing is comfortable and safe, using neither radiation nor compression. Thermography is an excellent adjunctive examination that shows physiologic changes associated with angiogenesis, the growth of blood vessels that support tumor proliferation.