While mammography, Ultrasound, MRI, and other imaging tools are tests of anatomy and rely on finding a physical structure. Thermography is a test of the heat produced by increased blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes associated with a structures genesis and growth. This allows thermography to see subtle changes outside of other testing. With thermography screenings not requiring contact with the body we are also able to image areas of the breast such as the axillary region that is difficult to image with mammography.
Thermography is radiation-free, painless, and requires no contact with the body. Thermography’s role in breast cancer detection and other breast disorders is to help in the earlier detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology. Thermography can identify small changes in blood vessels and vascular patterns 5-10 years before other breast cancer detection tools.
Rather than using radiation, thermography utilizes infrared light to create thermograms. A thermogram is the visual image that is created and used to evaluate and monitor thermal abnormalities. Although thermography is not a replacement for mammography and should be used as an adjunct procedure, thermography can see activity and changes outside of other breast disease testing.
Radiation-Free, Painless, and No Contact With The Body
Thermography utilizes highly sensitive infrared cameras that can display abnormal cellular and vascular patterns in breast tissue. Aspen Thermography strives to provide accessible thermal imaging that can detect subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, and infection, or vascular disease.
Breast thermography is beneficial for women of all ages, but especially for women who do not want exposure to radiation, have implants, have dense breast tissue, are fibrocystic, have had a mastectomy or are unable to undergo routine mammography.
This is a condensation of an article from a specialty website which has been created here for Aspen Thermography.