Medical Thermography or DITI, is a simple test of physiology, showing us how the body is functioning, and, like ultrasound and mammography, it can help to identify risk factors which may not be determined in any other way.
Breast Thermography offers a valuable breast health assessment, which can help you and your practitioner identify early changes and can warn us of the development of breast disease at the earliest possible time. Thermography focuses on prevention and finding the root cause of pain and disease processes by visualising inflammation, circulation and nerve damage.
Thermography is useful for those women who seek a non-invasive and non-radiation option to regular breast screening or as an addition to other screening tests, like ultrasound and mammography.
Medical Thermography monitors your breast health by looking for any irregular or abnormal blood flow in the breasts, chest and back and can show us any thermal changes between each screening. An abnormal blood flow in one particular area could indicate the development of malignancy, because a tumour needs a blood supply to feed it.
This process is usually visible earlier (up to 8 years) with thermal imaging compared to when a mammogram can “see” a tumour. Mammography visualises the end of a disease process and can show tumours only when they are well established.
Besides looking for this unusual blood supply, we can monitor general changes, which could be an indication of fibrocystic activity, hormone activity or inflammatory processes, like inflammatory breast cancer, a type of cancer that does not show up on a mammogram, because there are no lumps.
Thermography is equally accurate in all age groups. Dense breast tissue (mainly of younger women but not exclusively) is not relevant to the accuracy rate of thermography compared to mammography, since we do not need to look deep inside the breasts to make an assessment of health. Mammography however is significantly less accurate in the younger age group due to breast density.
Advantages of Thermography –
- Prevention:early detection is still the most important factor in the outcome of breast disease. DITI is excellent at seeing thermal changes early, up to 8 years before mammography.
- Radiation-free: DITI is 100% safe to use for both patient and practitioner.
- Non-invasive: you don’t need to be touched or squashed.
- A larger area can be seen, including the thyroid and lymph glands in the armpits, often involved in breast disease.
- Monitoring treatment and recovery: DITI can help you monitor the healing process after surgery, chemo- or radiation therapy.
- Breast density plays no role: any woman of any age can be screened with the same accuracy. Screening can start at age 18.
- Thermography is reliable due to its state-of-the-art imaging technology.
- Breast implants and mastectomies: you can be screened even if you have implants or when you have lost your breast due to surgery.
- Men too can be screened for breast disease
Thermography is not only valuable in the early detection of breast disease, it can also bring to light unidentified sources of pain in the body, which may be due to varicose veins, ligament damage, nerve entrapment, inflammation of tissues or organs, circulatory diseases, digestive issues or immune disease, just to name a few.