Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Thermal Imaging

Is Breast Thermography Safe? 
Breast thermography is very safe. There is no exposure to radiation or any compression of the breast tissue.

How is Breast Thermography different from a Mammogram? 
Both tests are looking for completely different signs of breast cancer. Thermography looks for changes that occur as a growing cancer alters the blood supply of the breast and changes the physiology and chemical environment of the tissue of the breast. Mammograms look for changes to the density of the breast that indicates the presence of a tumor. Mammography identifies the physical. The medical literature views both procedures as complimentary to each other.

I have no family history and am not at high risk for breast cancer should I have a thermogram?
Although family history is considered to be a risk factor, most women who develop breast cancer have no history. A positive thermogram is considered the highest risk marker for the future development of cancer. It is 8 times more significant than a family history. Thermography can show if a man or woman may actually be at risk despite the lack of a family history of cancer.

I have a suspicious mammogram or felt a lump on my breast. Should I get a thermogram?
Absolutely, the answer would be yes. The information provided from the thermogram can clarify the other findings, ultimately helping your doctor better determine the course of your treatment.

I have cancer and I am scheduled for surgery. What benefit is thermography this late in the game?

Thermography performed before and after a surgery can help evaluate the success of the procedure. Additionally, once a woman develops breast cancer, she is a higher risk to develop it again. It is imperative to protect the healthy breast.

Does my insurance cover the thermogram?
It depends on your insurance company.

The following are risks for breast cancer:

  • Women of all ages
  • Prolonged use of oral contraceptives
  • Synthetic hormone replacement
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Obesity, sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Consumption of refined sugars, artificial sugars, caffeine, and high fat diets
  • Although it is not as commonly diagnosed in men, men are not immune to breast cancer

How can I lower my risk?

  • Have a yearly thermogram
  • Discuss alternatives to birth control pills and synthetic HRT with your doctor
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit bad fats and refined sugars in your diet
  • Consume Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Consult with your doctor about natural supplements to reduce your risk

Medical research has shown thermography to be helpful in the following conditions:

  • Breast cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Headaches, neck and back problems
  • TMJ conditions
  • Pain syndromes
  • Arthritis Vascular disorders
  • Soft tissue injuries among others