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Breast Thermography: Radiation-Free and Painless
By Bethany Narey

Breast thermography is a medical imaging tool that has been FDA approved as an adjunct to other diagnostic tests since the early 1980's. Although thermography is not widely known in most parts of Pennsylvania the state of the art technology is used throughout the country and the world as a non-invasive health screening tool.

What is Thermography?
Digital infrared thermal imaging also known as thermography is a 15 minute non-invasive test of our bodies' physiology. In short- thermography studies how your body is functioning. The detection of disease is achieved by displaying thermal abnormalities and patterns present in the body. Thermography can aid in the detection of subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection, or a vascular disease. Thermography is; radiation-free, painless, and requires NO contact with the body.

This makes thermography a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can early indicate early stage dysfunction or disease.

Who Can Benefit?
All women can benefit from thermography breast screening. However, it is especially appropriate for women 23-55 whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women of all ages who do not want exposure to radiation, have implants, are fibrocystic, have had a mastectomy, or are unable to undergo routine mammography. Thermography can provide a clinical marker for a specific area of the breast that needs particularly close examination OR a general baseline for your overall breast health.

Why Thermography?
Thermography can see activity and changes outside of other tests such as mammography and ultrasound. Where mammography looks for anatomical changes or structure, thermography looks for physiological changes or how the body is functioning. Medical doctors analyze heat temperature differences and patterns that indicate cell change and vascular dysfunction. Thermography allows for an earlier look at your breast tissue and can potentially identify dysfunction before a structure has developed. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and layout a program to further diagnose and monitor your health.

With 1 in 8 women developing breast disease and the percentage of women under the age of 40 being diagnosed it is important to have additions to our breast health screening. Thermography offers the opportunity of earlier detection of dysfunction in any area of the body than has been possible through self-examination, doctor examination, mammography, ultrasound, or x-ray alone. Thermography is not a stand-alone test. When thermography and mammography are used together the best possible evaluation can be made.

Bethany Narey is a Certified Clinical Thermographer at Health Enhancing Thermography.

We invite you to visit Health Enhancing Thermography at our Ft. Couch. Bethel Park location. Call Health Enhancing Thermography at 855-254-4328 to enquire about SPECIAL October pricing or visit us online at www.heat-images.com.

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