The use of Digital Thermography Imaging is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue. In an ever-increasing need for nutrients, cancerous tissues increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels, and creating new ones (neo-angiogenesis). This process frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast.
“ Breast Thermography systems like illumina illumina 360° use ultra-sensitive medical thermography camera ably assisted by a robot to take precise 360 degree views of breast images at a gap of 150 by applying dual temperature (hot and cold) and sophisticated computers and algorithms to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of these temperature variations or hot spots”
In 1982, the Federal Drug Commission (FDA) approved medical thermography for use “where variations of skin temperatures might occur.” In 1988, the US Department of Labor introduced coverage for thermography in Federal Workers’ Compensation claims. These and other milestones — including a brief period when Medicare covered the use of thermography — encouraged the expansion of thermography training resources and launched a dramatic refinement of imaging devices over the next few decades.
Today, modern systems provide high speed, high resolution imaging coupled with state-of-the-art computerized digital technology. This results in clear, detailed images captured by certified technicians for qualified physicians to interpret. Thermography is now recognized and valued as a highly refined science with standardized applications in Neurology, Vascular Medicine, Sports Medicine, Breast Health, and many other specialty areas.
Benefits of Breast Thermography
- Thermography is a non-invasive diagnostic tool with scientifically valid, reproducible results.
- Thermography is an FDA approved adjunctive diagnostic device so the results can be trusted.
- Thermography can detect dysfunction even when conventional blood tests and radiographic tests were negative.
Who should take a Breast Thermography Test?
With illumina illumina 360°, now any women above the age of 18 years can screen for breast health. It is safe for repeated use as it emits no ionizing radiation unlike x-ray mammography or PET/CT. It can be part of your annual health check-up. Given that breast cancer is increasingly attacking the younger women (nearly 20% of all affected women are below 40 years age in India), it is best to start screening for breast health early. If the healthcare provider finds any suspicious hot spots, he/she may ask for a repeat exam later or may follow-up exam using mammography or ultrasound. With illumina illumina 360°, you may need to go for a painful mammography test only if there are positive findings.