Thermography provides early detection and monitoring of physiological changes in breast tissue. It can identify changes which may or may not prove to be cancer. It is a tool which can see changes allowing the patient to further investigate. Thermography does not diagnose cancer. A biopsy is the only method of diagnosis.
EARLY DETECTION = BETTER TREATMENT OPTIONS = BEST OUTCOME
Thermography Can Detect Changes in Breast Tissue at an Early Stage
Types of patterns which show up on a Thermography breast scan.
Case Study 1
Age 37. First thermogram showed a slight hyperthermic asymmetry in the upper right breast.
The follow-up study showed the pattern had become more well defined and although clinical correlation (further scanning using other methods) did not find anything remarkable it was decided to repeat the exam again in a further 3 months when again significant changes were seen.
Mammography was performed at this stage with the thermographic guidance of the locally suspicious area at 1 o’clock to the right nipple. The mammographic findings were inconclusive and the patient was referred for a repeat mammogram in 12 months.
Thermographic monitoring was continued and at the fifth comparative study at 12 months significant changes were still evident and the hyperthermic asymmetry (temperature differentials) had increased.
Immediate further investigation was strongly recommended despite a scheduled mammogram in 6 months, and at the patients insistence a repeat mammogram was performed which clearly showed a small calcification (1 mm) at 1 o’clock.
Within one week a lumpectomy had been performed with good margins and the pathology confirmed as a malignant carcinoma (DCIS). This patient has now had stable thermograms for the last 2 years and is expected to remain healthy.
Case Study 2
This 37 year-old patient presented for routine thermographic breast screening and was not in a high-risk category with no family history. The vascular asymmetry in the upper left breast and the local hypothermia at 11 o’clock was particularly suspicious and subsequent clinical investigation indicated a palpable mass at the position indicated.
A biopsy was performed and a DCIS of 2 cm was diagnosed.