- In 1982, the FDA approved breast thermography as an adjunct diagnostic breast cancer screening procedure
- Of the extensive research conducted since the late 1950’s, well over 300,000 women have been included as study participants
- The size of the studies are very large: 10k, 37k, 60k, 85k
- Some studies have followed participants up to 12 years
- Strict standardized interpretation protocols have been established for 15 years to remedy problems with early research.
- Breast thermography has an average sensitivity and specificity of 95%
- An abnormal thermogram is 10 times more significant as a future risk indicator for breast cancer than a first order family history
- A persistent abnormal thermogram carries with it a 22x higher risk of future breast cancer
- Extensive clinical trials have shown that breast thermography significantly augments the long term survival rates of its recipients by as much as 61%. When used as a multimodal approach (clinical exam +mammography+thermography), 95% of early stage cancers will be detected.
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging measures the amount of heat being emitted from the body due to the inflammatory process in the area being studied. Surface temperature of the human body is symmetrical (virtually the same on both sides) and is a reflection of the control by the sympathetic nervous system. Inflammation at any tissue depth will be recorded by the sympathetic fibers in the nerve supply to that area. This information will be processed through the central nervous system which will cause a sympathetic response in the area of skin corresponding to the affected site. In many cases, this process can be detected years before any other imaging modality. Thermography screening does not involve physical contact, is 100% safe, radiation free, and will take approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the number of regions of the body to be studied.
It is the only screening method available that measures physiological changes over time, whereas other screening methods measure anatomical or structural changes. Thermography can provide early detection of the disease process which can increase chances for a healthier outcome. Thousands of people have taken advantage of this clinical screening, and is supported by over 30 years of research and over 800 published medical studies.
What Can Thermography Detect?
|Altered Ambulatory Kinetics
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Ext. Carotid Insufficiency
Herniated Disc Pulposis
|Int. Carotid Insufficiency
Lower Motor Neuron Disease
Lumbosacral Plexus Injury
Median Nerve Neuropathy
Nerve Root Irritation
Nerve Stretch Injury
|Peripheral Axon Disease
Referred Pain Syndrome
Reflex Symp. Dystrophy
Soft Tissue Injury
Sensory Nerve Abnormality
Superficial Vascular Disease
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment