Thermography is a physiologic test that demonstrates heat patterns that are indicative of breast abnormalities. The test can detect subtle changes in breast temperature that indicate a variety of breast diseases and abnormalities. If abnormal heat patterns are detected, follow-up procedures including mammography are necessary to rule out or properly diagnose cancer and a host of other breast diseases such as fibrocystic syndrome, Pagets disease, etc.
Thermography is a painless, non invasive, clinical test that works without radiation or compression. Ideally, it is used as part of an early detection program which gives women of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease at an early stage. It is particularly useful for women with a known history of dense breasts due to genetics, hormones, or cosmetic implants.
This test is designed to improve chances of detecting fast-growing, active tumors in the intervals between mammographic screenings or when mammography is not indicated by screening guidelines for women less than 50 years of age.
Thermography offers women a tool for monitoring overall breast health and thereby improves her chances for preventing various pathologic breast diseases.