Benefits of Breast Thermography

Thermography is a thermal imaging screening tool that can help with early detection of abnormal growth in a woman’s breast and offer insights into an individual’s (men or women’s) overall state of health. This non-invasive, pain-free method avoids the use of radiation and can indicate potential signs of disease or dysfunction in multiple body systems. It can also highlight inflamed areas, degenerative changes, or sluggish activity in the lymph or organs, like the liver and spleen. Full body scans offer insight into the inner workings of the body and help empower individuals to take control of their own health. At NEX Wellness, our patients can get breast thermography to help detect, analyze, and produce high-quality internal imaging. If you are wondering about the benefits of breast thermography, then you have come to the right place. In this blog, we share some information about breast thermography and how it can benefit you. 

How does it work?

Thermography uses digital infrared thermal imaging to detect heat patterns and blood flow to the surface of the body. Every organ and glandular system stimulates blood flow that pumps to the surface of the skin. This is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, which is the body’s automatic regulation system. Body and organ imbalances disturb blood flow and show up in surface areas as excess heat. These images can help identify an individual’s risk of developing breast cancer, indicate immune & lymphatic function, and highlight the potential for other diseases or degeneration.

Blood flow increases when cancer cells grow or inflammation is present, which in turn increases the skin’s temperature. A digital scanner takes pictures of this heat, which is then converted into colored images. Different colors indicate the varying temperatures emitted from different body parts, organs, and tissues. The results are reviewed by a radiologist who offers feedback and insight on areas of inflammation and imbalance.

Who can benefit from Breast Thermography?

Women between the ages of 20 and 50, or those with dense breast tissues or unexplained lumps, may benefit the most from thermography. The earlier a woman is exposed to radiation through traditional breast examination methods, the more radiation she will accumulate in her lifetime. Thermography is also a useful tool for women with larger breast tissue or breast implants, as it is harder to detect areas of concern using a traditional mammogram. Thermography offers a gentler approach to breast and body health.

Some things to keep in mind regarding Breast Thermography

It’s important to note that thermography is not a replacement for mammograms, but, instead, is an FDA approved tool that can be used for early detection or in conjunction with mammograms. For women with breast (or body) concerns, it is a great first step to take, but it is not a fail-proof method. Thermography has been around since the ’50s, however, since it’s not a fail-proof detection system, the FDA has not cleared it for independent use as a breast cancer detection device. It is not 100% accurate, but neither are mammograms. Regular blood work and genetic testing are also valuable tools to determine a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. 

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