Heal Before You Can Feel With Thermography
At Tao of Venus, we are spreading the word about early detection of breast cancer. Don’t wait until cancer cells have grown to the size that you can feel.
Where mammography looks for structure such as a lump, thermography looks for the body’s physiological response to cancer cells. These changes can often occur 8-10 years before the cells are large enough to be seen by a mammogram. Be proactive with your health and have your radiation free breast screening today! You will leave our office with the tools needed to be begin your path to breast wellness.
What Is Thermography? Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)
Breast Thermography can detect abnormalities in breast tissue 8-10 years earlier than a mammogram.
It takes years for a tumor to grow and the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. The faster a malignant tumor grows, the more heat it generates and thermography looks for these signs as well as many other factors indicating a physiological red-flag for risk factors for the development or existence of cancer.
DITI’s role in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors from the development or existence of cancer. When used with other procedures the best possible evaluation of breast health is made.
DITI uses changes in breast tissue temperatures to identify changes in breast tissue. When pre-cancerous cells or cancerous cells form in the breast tissue, changes in blood flow and tissue concentration occur, resulting in temperature changes. The thermographic images will show the change in blood flow, tissue density as it is related to temperature, and heat distribution. This will then alert doctors of concerning changes.
The initial exam is done to determine a baseline and then a follow-up is done 3 months later to see if any changes have occured. The images taken show your individual thermal fingerprint. Everyone has their own individual thermal fingerprint and the doctors will determine after your second exam if the results are your normal THERMAL FINGERPRINT or if changes have occured. The only thing that can change your THERMAL FINGERPRINT is pathology. All patients thermograms (breast images) are kept on record and form a baseline for all future routine evalutaions.
This is 15 minute non–invasive test is RADIATION FREE and is designed to improve chances for detection of fast growing active tumors in the intervals between mammography screenings or when mammography is not indicated by screening guidelines such as for younger women, denser breast tissue, breast implants and to avoid harmful radiation. It can also guide closer attention to a specific area of the breast that needs particularly close examination such as when an MRI is indicated.
To obtain an accurate reading of your thermogram, please follow the instructions below:
No prolonged sun exposure (especially sunburn) to the chest and breast areas 5 days prior to the exam.
On the day of the exam, please do not use any lotions, creams, powders, or makeup on the breasts, and no use of deodorants or antiperspirants.
No shaving (or other types of hair removal) of the chest, breasts, or underarms for 24 hours prior to the exam.
No treatment (chiropractic, acupuncture, TENS, physical therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot or cold pack use) of the neck, back, chest, or breasts for 24 hours before the exam.
No exercise 4 hours prior to the exam.
No physical stimulation of the breasts 24 hours prior to exam.
If bathing, it must be no closer than 1 hour before the exam.
If you are nursing, please try to nurse as far from 1 hour prior to the exam as possible.
No hot drinks 4 hours prior to the exam.
If you are using pain medications, please avoid taking them for 4 hours prior to
the examination, especially vasoactive drugs, if not contraindicated by your physician. Vasoactive drugs are pharmaceuticals that either dilate or constrict blood vessels within the body. These are generally prescribed for heart conditions.
No breast feeding, unless for Mastitis
The patient will hand in the filled out questionnaire and the HIPPA (patient privacy) forms.
The next step is for the patient to disrobe down to the underpants and put on a light-weight gown. This allows for the body to acclimatize to the ambient temperature of the room before imaging begins.
Patient information relating to symptoms and history is taken, this focuses on the primary complaints and concerns of the patient.
A full explanation is given before the imaging is started so that the patient understands what is going to take place. The patient is reassured that there is no radiation, no contact with the body and that nothing will be felt.
The test will involve a number of views being taken, each view only takes a couple of seconds, so the whole exam will be completed in a few minutes. We require the patient to remain as still as possible for the couple of seconds that the image is not necessary to hold the breath.
We routinely take an anterior view followed by both lateral views and then oblique’s views.
The test is just like having your photograph taken, a thermographer focuses the scanner and takes an image which is saved onto the computer to be sent to a doctor for interpretation and reporting.
Once all the images have been taken the thermographer reviews the images with the patient and explains what all the colors mean and what to expect from the written report which will be provided within a couple of days.
Your report will contain useful information relating to your physiological status (or function of the body). The interpreting doctor will identify any significant findings that relate to your symptoms and history and give an opinion that will help your treating doctor or healthcare practitioner. If other testing is recommended such as mammogram or ultrasound, the thermography report can help guide the technician to the area of concern.
Thermography vs. Mammography
Where mammography looks for structure such as a lump, thermography looks for the body’s physiological response to cancer cells. These changes can often occure 8-10 years before the cells are large enough to be seen by a mammogram.
Does Digital Infrared Imaging replace mammograms?
No! However, do mammograms replace DITI? The answer to this is also a resounding no; the two tests complement each other. The consensus among health care experts is that no one procedure or method of imaging is solely adequate for breast cancer screening. The false negative and positive rates for mammography are too high for the procedure to be used alone. DII can pick up many of the cancers missed by mammography. A positive infrared image is also the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer. It is DII’s unique ability to monitor the abnormal temperature (physiological) changes produced by diseased breast tissue that allows for extremely early detection. Since it has been determined that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect these tumors when there is the greatest chance for survival.
Who reads the report?
The MD’s are board certified as thermologists by the American College of Clinical Thermology which is an accredited professional medical association. All MD’s must be licenced and insured and in good standing for certification. There is annual continuing education and QC conducted by peer review overreads. EMI eligibility is a minimum of 5 years post grad. Most of the doctors employed by EMI have between 5 and 10 years of experience as thermologists.
Who are the thermographers?
All of our thermographers are board certified Clinical Thermographers through the American College of Clinical Thermology at Duke University and meet the highest standards available.
When will I get the report back?
Within a week and often just a few days.
Why haven’t I heard of Digital Infrared Imaging before?
Due to a poorly constructed and performed (with regards to Breast Thermography) research study back in the 1970s, DITI was placed in a “further study needed” and “no improvement over mammography” category. Along with this study, health care politics and insurance cost-containment issues caused interest in this technology to be put on hold. However, with the combination of a multitude of large-scale studies performed in the 80s and 90s, and recent advances in technology, DITI is emerging as an important addition to a woman’s regular breast health care.
Is thermography safe for Breast Implants?
Thermography is a great screening tool for implants since it can see through the implant with no obstruction. DITI can also pick-up on implant leakage due to the inflammation in the area and the resulting fibrosis. Since thermography does not touch the body there is no chance of rupture.
I mentioned Digital Infrared Imaging to my doctor and was told that the procedure is outdated and useless, is this true?
Unfortunately, many physicians either do not know about this technology or are knowledgeable about a single poorly performed (with regards to DITI) research study; the BCDDP (Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project). The BCDDP was a large study done in the 1970s that collected data from many centers around the United States. Three methods of breast cancer detection were studied: physical examination, mammography, and thermography.
Full Body Thermogram
Many patients opt to add an additional region of interest to their exam. Add just $50 for each additional region. You made also inquire about our full body rate.
The most common regions are:
Abdomen (Visceral): Large & Small Intestines, Liver, Gallballer, Kidneys, Ovaries, Uterus, Heart, Esophagus, Stomach, Back
Full Cranial, Thyroid, Carotid Artery
Full Back (Upper and Lower)
Clinical D.I.T.I. is providing answers in the diagnosis of pain.
X-Ray, C.T. Ultrasound and M.R.I. etc are all tests of ‘anatomy’ that measure the structures of your body… DITI is unique in its capability to show physiological change and metabolic process.
Digital infrared thermal imaging is a totally non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries, by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body.