Breast Thermal Imaging
Also known as Breast Infrared Scanning, Thermogram, Medical DITI, MammoVision(Tm), Thermography, DII.
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Category: Diagnostic

Summary:

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging detects minute variations in the body's normal blood vessel activity, finding thermal signs which may suggest a pre-cancerous state of the breast or the presence of an early tumour that is not large enough to be detected by other means. It is painless, non-invasive, non-contact, comfortable and free of intravenous injections and ionising radiation. They are considered safe, and can be used for younger women who have denser breast tissue and for women who have breast implants.


Description:

Breast thermography is a breast health monitoring tool that can identify metabolic changes in breast tissue. Heat patterns in the breast relate to blood vessel activity and usually remain remarkably consistent throughout a woman's life. Any negative changes can indicate deteriorating breast health and provide an opportunity to address underlying factors. With lifestyle changes improvements can be seen. Accuracy is unaffected by breast density or age.

A highly sensitive infrared scanning camera builds a visual image graphically using colours to map increases or decreases in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the patient's body surface. Thermal Imaging is based on detecting heat produced by metabolic changes and increased blood vessel circulation associated with a tumour's genesis and growth. Cancerous tumours require an ever increasing supply of nutrients to feed their cells. Existing blood vessels are held open, dormant ones are opened and new ones are created (neoangiogenesis). Thermal Imaging may detect these minute variations in normal blood vessel activity which might suggest a pre-cancerous state of the breast or the presence of an early tumour that is not yet large enough to be detected by other means. It has consistently been shown that healthy individuals have a symmetrical coloured skin surface temperature pattern. It is painless (no application of mechanical pressure), non-invasive, non-contact, comfortable and free of intravenous injections and ionising radiation. They are considered safe, and can be used for younger women who have denser breast tissue and for women who have breast implants. Thermal Imaging is not generally seen as a replacement for mammograms.



History:

Infrared rays were first discovered in 1800 by William Herschel. William Herschel (Jr), his son, took over and furthered his studies in the 1830s. These discoveries were not used until the early part of the 20th Century, when Infrared Technology was designed for security and military applications for weapon sighting systems. During the late 20th Century, Infrared Imaging was brought into the medical field but there was a general lack of knowledge and experience as it was complex, erratic and slow to use. Computers have developed faster and more efficient systems and we now have more effective thermal cameras making infrared thermal imaging easier to use. These cameras are used in many areas such as within the military, weather forecasting and security and search applications. In the late 1980s, a company called Meditherm developed the Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging especially for the medical field. The FDA approved the DITI in 1982 and it is used extensively worldwide in human medicine and animal applications.



Notes:

When having a thermogram, you will be asked to change into a gown and sit in a temperature controlled room to allow your body to cool from any external conditions. You are then positioned in front of a Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging camera, and the technician will take pictures from different angles (approx 5-15 mins). A thermal scan analyses the heat that is given off by the breast and allows for immediate display onto a computer monitor. These pictures are then analysed by a certified physician looking for amounts of heat and symmetry of heat patterns.



Typical Therapy Cost: 175-270 (UK pound)

Breast thermal imaging and consultation (some 15 mins, others 30 mins)


Cancers: Breast



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This therapy, or information about it, is available from:

Arizona Cancer Screening (clinic)
2405 East Southern Ave #5
Tempe
Arizona
85282-7611
United States
http://arizonacancerscreening.com
Telephone: +1 480 395 9695‬


Breast Cancer Foundation of Zambia (clinic)
PO Box 20008
Kitwe
Zambia
Telephone: +260 112 6022 24182


The Natural Doctor (clinic)
121 Harley Street
London
London
W1G 7JD
UK - England (South East)
http://www.chironclinic.com
info@chironclinic.com
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7224 4622


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
The George
50 Park Terrace
Christchurch City
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (0)7543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
Euro 315 Apartments
315 George St
Dunedin
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (0)7543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
Omahu Motor Lodge
327 Omahu Road
Frimley
Hastings
4120
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (07) 543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
As Well As Health and Wellness Centre
76 Te Aroha Street
Hamilton
Waikato
3216
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (07) 543 0832


Mike Godfrey
Clinical Thermography (clinic)
40 St Benedicts Street
Auckland Newton
1050
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
info@clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (07) 543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
Cornwall Motor Lodge
101 Fitzherbert Avenue
Palmerston North
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (0)7543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
Milford Health Clinic
50 East Coast Road
Milford
North Shore
0620
New Zealand
info@clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (07) 543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
Airport Motor Lodge
Corner of Broadway & Hobart Street
Miramar
Wellington
6022
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (07) 543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
St Benedicts Health Care
40 St Benedicts Street
Auckland
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 (0)7543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
7 Fraser Street
Tauranga
Bay of Plenty
3112
New Zealand
http://www.clinicalthermography.co.nz
Telephone: +64 7578 5899
Telephone (alt): +64 800 102 888


Pacific Chiropractic and Research Center Infrared Imaging (clinic)
21 Middlefield Road
Redwood
California
94063
United States
http://www.breastthermography.com
info@breastthermography.com
Telephone: +1 650 361 8908


Dr Shamin Daya
Wholistic Medical Centre (clinic)
7 Harley Street
London
London
W1G 8QS
UK - England (South East)
http://www.wholisticmedical.co.uk
info@wholisticmedical.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7580 7537


Michel Gautherie
Biomedical Thermology Laborotory (clinic)
11, rue Humann
Strasbourg Cedex
67085
France


Dr Marcos Leal Brioschi
Neurofunctional Surgery and Pain Centre
Rua Peixoto Gomide 6
Cerqueira Cesar
San Paulo SP
CEP 01409 902
Brazil
http://www.infraredmed.org
Telephone: +55 11 3147 9890
Telephone (alt): +55 41 9186 6546


Grant Jackson
Australia
http://www.thermaview.com.au/Infrared-Body-Scans.php
info@thermaview.com.au
Telephone: 1300 477226


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
C/- Janice Cleghorne
143 Hunter Crescent
Wanaka
New Zealand
Telephone: +64 (0)7543 0832


Clinical Thermography (clinic)
Kamo Dental Ltd
2 Grant St
Kamo
Whangarei
New Zealand
Telephone: +64 (0)7543 0832


Arcadia Health Centre (The) (clinic)
31 Cobah Road
Arcadia
NSW 2159
Australia
http://www.arcadiahealthcentre.com.au
alecburton@dodo.com.au
drburton@arcadiahealthcentre.com.au
Telephone: +61 29653 1115
Telephone (alt): 02 9653 1115


Medical Thermal Imaging (clinic)
Hoar Cross hall Hotel & Spa
Maker Lane, Hoar Cross
Burton upon Trent
Staffordshire
DE13 8QS
UK - England (Midlands)
https://medscans.co.uk/


Medical Thermal Imaging (clinic)
71 Lord Sefton Way
Altcar
Liverpool
L37 5AB
UK - England (North)
http://medscans.co.uk/
info@medicalthermalimaging.uk.com
Telephone: 0333 8003003


Dr Nicola Hembry
Integrated Health Screening Ltd (clinic)
Litfield House Medical Centre
1 Litfield Place
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 3LS
UK - England (South West)
http://drhembry.com
info@drhembry.com
Telephone: +44 (0)117 3171460