Is Breast Thermography Safe?

Yes, thermography is a safe, non-invasive, non-contact test with no radiation. Thermography simply creates a thermal image of your breasts by measuring the heat emitted naturally by the body. Thermography is approved by the FDA for adjunctive diagnostic screening for the detection of breast cancer and has been used in the United States and Europe for over 20 years.

Can Thermography Diagnose Breast Cancer?

Thermography identifies abnormal physiological changes in your breasts. Mammography, a type of x-ray, identifies certain structures in the breast that can potentially be cancer. With both mammography and thermography, definitive diagnosis can only be obtained through other procedures such as a biopsy.

Does Thermography Replace A Mammogram?

No - each test sees different breast health characteristics. A mammogram is an anatomical test (a breast x-ray) that looks for masses in the breast tissue, while a thermogram is a physiological test that looks for changes in blood vessel circulation within the breast. Breast thermography is a test that can help to monitor breast health and to assess the risk of developing breast cancer, as well as helping to identify any existing issues.

A video outlining the differences between the various breast screening tools can be viewed here.

I have breast implants - is thermography safe?

Yes, breast implants do not interfere with thermography. Breast thermography is painless and safe, using no radiation or compression. It can be used effectively and safely for all women including pregnant or nursing women, women with dense breast tissue and women with breast implants.

What does the procedure involve?

The scan, including the time to acclimatise to the temperature of the procedure room will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Once the client has acclimatised, a series of thermal images are taken by our IACT accredited female technician. These images are then assessed in the US by a Senior Board Certified Clinical Thermographer at the IACT.

Should I undergo Breast Thermography?

  • Yes, if you have a family history of breast disease, you are at a greater risk for the disease and should therefore undergo regular breast check-ups
  • Yes even if you have no family history of the disease. You would still benefit from the future risk assessment provided by thermography
  • Yes if you have never had a child
  • Yes if you are in you are in your late 40’s and 50’s and have yet to arrive at menopause
  • Yes if you are a woman.

The highest level of benefit from Breast Thermal Imaging comes for women who start having Thermographic exams in their 20s. By comparing successive scans to earlier ones, it is very clear when any changes in the thermal signature appear, thus giving the earliest possible warning of a breast health issue. For healthy women in their 20s and 30s, Thermographic examinations need only be undertaken every two years.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

No, a referral is not necessary.

How often do I need a thermogram?

This depends on the results of your first thermogram. With no abnormal indications and depending on your age, we will generally recommend an annual thermogram. If your scan shows changes, depending on the level of risk, you will be asked to have a follow up appointment sooner.

How accurate is breast thermography?

The most effective way to find breast cancer is to use all available tools as often as is necessary. For example, a clinical breast exam performed by highly trained fingers can identify 61% of tumors that turn out to be cancer. Adding a mammogram, increases the ability to find a cancer to 84%. Research done in Montreal in the mid-1990s demonstrated that adding a thermogram to breast exam and conventional mammogram increases the ability to find cancer early and do something about it, to 95%. Thermography is not just an either/or test; it is a value-added test that both you and your doctor should learn more about.

Breast thermography will often pick up changes before they can be seen through other testing. For this reason, sometimes thermography will show an abnormal result where other testing remains normal. It has been noted in many studies that a persistently abnormal thermogram, in the absence of any other suspicious findings, has a 22x increased risk of future breast cancer.

Do I need to prepare for a thermogram?

In order to avoid the risk of misleading thermal signatures due to external influences, we request all patients to follow pre-examination protocols which can be viewed/downloaded here.

Do I need to undress?

At the beginning of your appointment you will be asked to disrobe from the waist up in order for the thermogram images to be taken. For this reason, it is a good idea to wear a skirt, trousers or shorts to your appointment.

How much does it cost?

The all in price for a breast thermographic examination is P5,000 (incl vat) which includes the thermographic examination, transmission of results to/from USA and the professional fee of the Board Certified Thermographer in the US for the interpretation and full report. The full report will then be sent to you within 7 days of your appointment.

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