Breast Cancer Screening is an important part of a woman’s wellness program. We use Breast Thermography to help detect early signs of breast tissue abnormalities. Breast Thermography is:
Any woman desiring a risk-free, painless procedure, to screen for breast cancer is a candidate for Thermography.
Blood flow to the breast (and the rest of the body) is controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). When the body is cold, the autonomic nervous system constricts the blood vessels. Abnormal and cancerous tissues operate outside the autonomic nervous system, creating chemicals that dilate the blood vessels and completely bypass the autonomic nervous system. So when the hands are placed in cold water to cool the body, the autonomic nervous system normally constricts vessels everywhere, including the breasts. But the cancer and pre-cancer regions don’t constrict and show up as “hot spots” in the thermogram. These “hot spots” can be predictive of current and future areas of concern.
Breast Thermography visually portrays physiologic changes in the breast tissue that correlate with cancer. Thermography shows earliest detection of abnormal heat patterns, which can be detectable to 8 years earlier than a standard Mammogram’s abnormalities. Breast cancer can only be diagnosed by microscopic examination of tissue by a pathologist. Although thermography can show patterns suggestive of possible cancer, thermography cannot diagnose cancer.
We recommend that women having one or more of the risk factors listed below get an annual Thermogram. The American Cancer Society says women are at risk for breast cancer if they:
The technician takes the images in a relaxed, private setting. The first three breast images are taken after the patient disrobes above the waist and acclimates to the room temperature for ten minutes. The patient holds her arms over her head and away from the heart, facing three different angles. A second set of identical images are taken after the hands are submerged in very cold water to lower body temperature. This creates contrast in the images. The images are sent off to a lab specializing in thermographic cancer detection and evaluated. The evaluations are then returned to your doctor.
Thyroid Screening is an important part of everyone’s wellness. We use Thyroid Thermography to help detect early signs of thyroid tissue abnormalities. Thyroid Thermography is:
A 30 minute Thermography appointment is $187.00 (For a stat reading, there is an additional $75 fee)
The dense vascularization and superficial location of the thyroid gland enable an evaluation of its metabolic activity by high-resolution infrared imaging. Thermology can provide a valuable adjunctive modality that complements laboratory assessment of hormone levels and antibody titers, clinical examination and symptoms in the diagnosis of thyroid disorders, such as Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease, goiter as well as thyroid cancer. Thermology findings are well correlated with clinical symptoms and provide an objective indication for laboratory determination of thyroid hormone levels and antibody titers.
Thermology also provides a simple and non-invasive means of screening cancer from benign thyroid cysts. The imaging process is completely passive (non-contact and non-radiation) and involves only a few images of the base of the neck. Thermography can also provide a useful monitor of the effectiveness of treatment programs for thyroid disorders.
Thyroid Thermography visually portrays physiologic changes in thyroid tissue that correlate with cancer. Thermography shows earliest detection of abnormal heat patterns. Thyroid cancer can only be diagnosed by microscopic examination of tissue by a pathologist. Although thermography can show patterns suggestive of possible cancer, thermography cannot diagnose cancer.
We recommend that anyone who has one or more risk factors below, get an annual Thyroid Thermogram. The American Cancer Society suggests the below:
Risk Factors That Can’t Be Changed:Sex and Age:
Family history of thyroid cancers
Risk Factors That Can Be Changed:
FMI Boise Clinic
3858 N. Garden Center Way, Suite 100
Boise, Idaho 83703
Call 208-314-1130 to schedule a Breast Thermography Appointment!