Thermography is a simple test of physiology that relies on the sympathetic nerve control of skin blood flow and the ability of the sympathetic nervous system to respond to and react to pain, pathology, injury or dysfunction anywhere in the body. Diagnostic tests such as ultrasound, x-ray and mammography show the body’s structure or anatomy. The unique contribution of thermography is that it shows physiological and metabolic processes.
Breast thermography is the only known test that can also serve as an early warning system by identifying women who have high-risk pre-cancerous infrared imaging markers. The procedure can also play a role in prognosis and as a method of assisting in monitoring the effects of treatment.
Medical Thermography is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that enables the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. An infrared camera is used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color on a monitor. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries can be easily identified.
The thermal patterns displayed on the thermogram are as unique as fingerprints. In healthy people, there is a symmetrical thermal pattern that is consistent and reproducible for that individual. Injury or disease will result in thermal asymmetries. After detection, thermography also has an effective role in monitoring the effects of treatment.
Research shows that cancer may develop over a period of time and that abnormal cells may develop as early as 10 years before cancer. By measuring temperature changes, breast thermography can detect abnormal cellular activities in the breast 5-10 years before other diagnostic tools, without radiation or breast compression, and in a very safe manner. Medical Thermography has been used extensively in human medicine in Canada, U.S., Europe and Asia for the past 25+ years. In addition to its use as an adjunct test for breast cancer, Medical Thermography is also used, among others, by sports physicians and chiropractors to detect the source of physical pain and to reduce the likelihood of future injuries in athletes and musicians.
Thermography is a breast screening risk assessment tool to aid in identifying women who have an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Current research has determined that the key to breast cancer survival rests upon its earliest possible detection. If discovered in its earliest stages, 95% cure rates are possible. Our clinic is dedicated to providing one of the most important adjunctive breast cancer screening procedures available.
- EARLY SIGNS THAT BREAST CANCER MAY BE DEVELOPING
Understanding the role of angiogenesis
Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels in order to sustain the growth of a tumor. Angiogenesis is a fundamental step in the transition of tumors from a dormant to a malignant state. Breast thermography helps to identify cases of angiogenesis.
- INDIVIDUALIZED BREAST CANCER RISK ASSESSMENT
Know your risk of developing breast cancer.
75% of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease. Regardless of your family history, an abnormal thermogram may indicate that the future risk of developing breast cancer is 10 times higher than a first order family history of the disease. Certain thermographic risk markers can indicate to a woman that she needs to be proactive and closely monitor her breast health.
- A POSSIBLE ROLE IN BREAST CANCER PREVENTION
Thermography can indicate hormonal imbalance.
One of the greatest risks for the development of breast cancer is long-term exposure to estrogen. Normalizing the hormonal balance in the body can be an important step in prevention. Certain thermographic risk markers help to indicate the effects of hormones in the breasts. These changes can be monitored through thermography.
- THERMOGRAPHY FOR YOUNGER WOMEN
Approximately 15% of all breast cancers occur in women under 45.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women of this age group, often being more aggressive and with lower survival rates. Breast thermography offers younger women a valuable screening tool that can be added to their regular breast health check-ups.Baseline imaging should begin at the age of 18.
From a Naturopathic perspective, it is very beneficial to have these screenings done to assess hormonal changes and to be preventative for cancer prevention. It has been amazing to see the work that we can do as Naturopathic Doctors to alter breast tissue, improve circulation while draining lymphatic tissue. Even more helpful is to see the results and changes on a post-treatment thermography scan! I encourage everyone to have a scan and learn more about your body today!
Dr. Nyla Jiwani BSc., ND Naturopathic Doctor, Naturopathic Medical Advisor at ONWC
Join us Friday, October 23, 2015 as we open our doors for Health Screenings. Both Breast thermography and Thermography Health Scans (Cranial (head), Breast, Upper/Lower Body and Abdomen for Men and Women will be available. Breast Thermography will be $190 + HST, and Women’s Health Screening will be $285.00 + HST. Please call us to book your screening today. (905) 825-9996.