Thermal Breast Imaging – What It Is and The Benefits Of It Over A Mammogram
Thermal Breast Imaging is a modern and safe way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage, or even a pre-cancerous condition. Also known as Thermography, Thermal Breast Imaging uses Digital Infrared Imaging (DIT) which is based on the fact that vascular circulation and metabolic activity in pre-cancerous tissue, and in the developing stages of breast cancer, is nearly always higher than normal breast tissue – which displays none of these characteristics.
DIT technology uses highly sensitive medical infrared cameras and high tech computers to discover and analyze high-resolution images of the temperature variations in the blood cells which will be affected by the development of pre-cancerous and cancer activity. Cancer needs an ever-increasing amount of nutrients and they get these by expanding the circulation to their cells to increase the flow of blood. This process almost always creates a higher surface temperature of the affected area of the breast, and DIT is capable of detecting the heat variations.
DIT is safer than mammography because radiation is not part of the diagnostic process. It is also more effective than mammography in discovering certain types of breast cancer for a variety of reasons. Fibrocystic, dense, large or enhanced breasts pose difficulties for getting an effective evaluation by mammography – but these conditions do not cause problems for DIT testing.
Many studies have demonstrated that an abnormal infrared image is the most important marker indicating high risk for the development of breast cancer. When a DIT test shows the potential for having breast cancer, the woman can be proactive by working with her doctor to improve her breast heath. Regular DIT exams will enable a woman to detect cancer at its earliest stage, and the invasive growth of a tumor may be prevented. A woman can conduct more self-examinations and seek breast exams by a doctor, such as Hal S. Blatman, MD of The Blatman Health and Wellness Center located in the Blue Ash suburb of Cincinnati Ohio.
When a DIT test identifies a potential cancerous condition, the woman will have many more options for treatment and for the timing of the treatments. A diet known to reduce the risks of breast cancer may also be considered. Cancer Research programs in the UK have found some evidence that diets high in fiber may help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who are pre-menopausal. This website has more information on how diet could help prevent breast cancer. A dietary approach to managing breast cancer health when a DIT shows some early signs of breast cancer or the development of breast cancer may be helpful.
For more information about Thermography and Thermal Breast Imaging in Cincinnati Ohio, please contact The Blatman Health and Wellness Center.