The use of Digital Infrared 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 tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels, and creating new ones (neoangiogenesis). This process frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast. DII uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of these temperature variations. Because of DII’s extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.
WHAT MAKES BREAST THERMOGRAPHY SO UNIQUE?
Thermography uses no radiation and poses absolutely NO health risks to the patient. Consequently, scans may be performed at any frequency necessary.
Signs of pre-cancerous tissue, or early stage cancers that are too small to be found by physical examination and mammography, may be adjunctively discovered with thermography.
Certain types of cancers will not be detected on a mammogram for various reasons, but many of such cancers may be discovered with thermography.
Difficulties in reading mammograms can occur in women who are on hormone replacement, nursing or have fibrocystic, large dense, or enhanced breasts. These types of breast differences do not cause difficulties in reading thermograms.
Since thermography does not involve contact with the skin, the procedure is quite comfortable.
Studies show that an abnormal thermogram is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer, 10 times more significant than a family history of the disease.
Therefore, in the absence of other positive tests, an abnormal thermogram gives a woman an early warning that a pathological process may be occurring. By maintaining close monitoring of her breast health with serial thermography,
self-breast exams, clinical examinations and other tests, a woman has a much better chance of detecting cancer at its earliest stage and preventing invasive tumor growth.
Before you arrive for your thermogram, certain protocols must be followed in order to ensure that your images reflect accurate information.
Please read the following instructions and strictly adhere to them.
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