Thermography, also known as thermal imaging, is being used to detect breast cancer. Thermography is now available throughout the San Diego County area as well as Northern Baja, through Advanced Thermal Clinical Imaging (ATCI). These clinics all have the sophisticated equipment necessary to perform this life-enhancing and potentially life-saving procedure.
Breast thermography is a radiation free, as well as non-invasive state of the art clinical screening test recommended for women of all ages. This is the earliest breast cancer screening test available. This truly is part of a true prevention program that provides women an opportunity to greatly increase their chances of addressing early stages of cancer and other breast disease. Unlike conventional mammography, thermal imaging is completely safe for pregnant women, women with breast implants, and women with large, dense or sensitive breasts since there is no radiation or compression of breast tissue. Thermography has been recognized as a viable detection tool since 1982 by the FDA, 1987 by the AMA Council on Scientific affairs and the ACA Council on Diagnostic Imaging, since 1988 by the Congress of Neuro-Surgeons, and since 1990 by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
A thermographic evaluation includes a full thermographic imaging examination (2 series with a cold water challenge in between the series), interpretation and a written report of the findings by Dr. John M. Tolmosoff, DC, IACT, who since 1988 has been trained, certified, and still personally consults with Dr. George Chapman, one of the first President's of the International Academy of Clinical Thermoraphy and author of over thirty-four (34) texts regarding thermography.
How does breast thermography work?
A tumor must grow to nearly the size of a green pea before it becomes visible on a mammogram. Most breast tumors have been growing slowly for up
to twenty (20) years before they are found. Thermography is the only screening method available that detects angiogenesis, or a group of blood vessels formed by the tumor that allow for the growth of these abnormal cells. In the beginning stages we see the greatest success in treatment of breast cancer. Early detection is prevention. It takes years for a tumor to become life threatening. With the currently commonplace absence of preventive efforts, early detection is the key to saving lives. Remember less than 5% of the health care dollars goes to prevention 95% is spent on after the fact.
Medical thermography has been used extensively in human medicine in the
United States, Europe, and Asia for the past twenty (20) years and should not be confused with the older, less accurate, non-digital thermography of the 70's and early 80's. Thermography's major clinical value is its ability to detect pathology in the different systems that affects the micro vascular changes in the skin. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormalities and asymmetries can be identified.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the number of American women diagnosed with breast cancer sometime during their lives has increased
significantly over the years. In 1950, one in twenty (20) women were diagnosed; in 1995, one in nine (9) women were diagnosed; and, since 1999, it has plateau to one in eight (8) women have been diagnosed with breast cancer. One in thirty-five (35) women will die this year from breast
Mammography can be uncomfortable and even painful for some women. There is a reason that the US government experts came out with a statement against
routine mammograms for women under 50. It is only forty percent to sixty
percent (40% to 60%) accurate for pre-menopausal women or menopausal women taking synthetic hormones, considerably inaccurate for women with large breasts, and risky for women with breast implants.
Furthermore, mammography exposes the breast to damaging radiation, which may actually contribute to the development of breast cancer, according to John
W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., author of Preventing Breast Cancer (1996). After
thirty (30) years of studying the effect of low-dose radiation on humans, he
constructed a table for his 1998 adaptation of Preventing Breast Cancer,
indicating that women between the ages of thirty (30) and thirty-four (34)
after five (5) mammograms will have one chance in two hundred twenty (220)
resulting in breast cancer from the mammograms alone; women between the ages of thirty-five (35) and forty-nine (49) after ten (10) mammograms will have one chance in one hundred ninety (190) resulting in breast cancer from the mammograms alone; and, women between the ages of fifty (50) to sixty-four (64) after fifteen (15) mammograms will have one chance in one hundred
thirty-three (133) resulting in breast cancer from the mammograms alone.
In contrast, infrared breast thermography is eighty-six percent (86%) to ninety-six percent (96%) accurate for indicating the presence of cancer in pre-menopausal women. Missed cancers or "false negatives" are rarely missed, only what APPEARS to be "false positives." Many of these so-called "false positives" or discovery of abnormal findings without "proof" of clinical cancer through thermographic evaluation breast screening may very likely represent the "TRUE positive" findings of angiogenesis that precedes actual tumor development.
Detection in the form of self-exams or mammograms in such early stages is unreliable by conventional means, since the tumor has not yet developed sufficient density or size.Breast thermography is especially useful to younger women between thirty (30) and fifty (50), or even younger for the sake of prevention, whose denser breast tissue significantly reduce the effectiveness of mammograms. Breast cancers tend to grow about twice as fast in women under fifty (50) years, creating much more life-saving diagnostic infrared radiation.
Thermography is a must for women who are unable or choose not to have a
mammogram because of surgery, implants, scarring, or other contradictions, or for those who fear the radiation or discomfort associated with mammograms.
What to expect during the test.The procedure is completely non-invasive, and the sophisticated equipment non-threatening, quickly quelling any apprehension the patient may have. The camera does not emit radiation of any kind. There is no pain or compression of the breasts.
During the examination, the woman sits bare-chested with no shoes, socks, or jewelry on about three feet (3') from the device in a room that is maintained at approximately 20?C (68?F). She sits for approximately fifteen (15) minutes with her hands on her hips and her elbows out. This is called "acclimating." Once she has acclimated, the first series of three (3) poses (frontal, right, and left) of the evaluation is taken. After the first series is taken, she then submerges both hands into tepid water (65?F) so that the water is over the tops of the hands for one (1) minute. Then the second series of the three (3) poses is taken.
The entire appointment lasts thirty (30) minutes. Within one (1) to ten (10) days, a full color report of the findings will be sent to the patient via electronic mail or by U.S. mail. The results will either assist in diagnosis, especially in conjunction with other diagnostic evaluations of suspicious findings, or in the establishing of a baseline pattern to which all future thermograms will be compared. Any changes indicating departure from this baseline will warrant further investigation or treatment.