Thermography's role in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of cancer.   Thermography offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease tham has been possible through breast self examination, doctor examination or mammography alone.
Thermography detects subtle physiological changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocysyic disease, an infection or vascular disease.  Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and/ or MONITOR you during and after treatment.
All women can benefit from thermography.  However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (ages 30-50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective.  It is also appropriate for women of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography.  This test can provide a "clinical marker" to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close attention.
Your first breast screening session helps provide a baseline of your "thermal signature".  A subsequent session 3 months later assures that the patterns remain unchanged and finishes your basline .  Annual visits are recommended after the basline is established.
All of your breast thermograms are kept on record and once your stable thermal pattern has been established any changes can be detected during your routine annual studies.
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Baseline thermogram showed a slight hyperthermic asymmetry in the upper right breast.

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3 Months

The follow up study at 3 months showed the pattern had become more well defined. Mammography was inconclusive.

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12 Months

Significantly increased vascular changes. Repeat mammography showed a small calcification (1 mm) at 1 o'clock. A lumpectomy was performed confirming a malignant carcinoma (DCIS).

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Inflammatory Cancer

There were no visible signs of abnormalty. Referral to a breast specialist and a subsequent biopsy diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer at a very early stage.

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Significant vascular activity in the left breast which was clinically coorelated with fibrocystic changes.

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Ductal Carcinoma

The vascular asymmetry in the upper left breast was particularly suspicious and clinical investigation indicated a palpable mass. A biopsy was performed and a DCIS os 2 CM was diagnosed.

Active cancer cells double in number every 90 days.

90 Days
1 Year
2 Years
3 Years
4 Years
5 Years
6 Years
7 Years
8 Years

4 doublings (approximately 10 years) is considered lethal.

It takes years for a tumor to grow. The earliest possible indication of abnormalty is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and prevention.
Breast Cancers seem to grow significantly faster in women under 50.
AgeAverage tumor doubling time
Under 5080 Days
50-70157 Days
Over 70188 Days


Medical thermography is the only method available for visualizing pain and pathology anywhere in the body. DITI can assist in the diagnosis, evaluation, monitoring and documentation of a large number of injuries and conditions including soft tissue injuries and sensory/autonomic nerve fiber dysfunction. Medical DITI can show a combined effect of the autonomic nervous system and the vascular system down to the capillary.  The effects of these changes show as asymetries in temperature distribution on the surface of the body.

Clinical uses include:

  • Defining the extent of a lesion of which a diagnosis has been previously made.
  • Localizing an abnormal area not previously identified so that further diagnostic tests can be performed.
  • Detecting early lesions before they are clinically evident.
  • Monitoring the healing process.
  • This image shows abnormal thermal patterns around the carotid artery.

DITI is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as monitoring therapy progress, for conditions and injuries including:

  • Back injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • RSD (CRPS)
  • Vascular disease
  • Disc disease
  • Referred pain syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Unexplained pain
  • Dental and TMJ
  • Inflammatory pain
  • Sprain/strain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headache
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Artery inflammation
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Skin cancer
  • Stroke screening
  • Breast disease


What is DITI?

DITI (or digital infrared thermal imaging/thermography) is an imaging technique for measuring and displaying body temperature.  It is a key diagnostic tool in the detection of disease, injury and infection.  There is a high degree of thermal symmetry in a normal healthy body.  Subtle abnormal thernal assymetries can be easily identified that may be attributed to pathology or dysfunction.  DITI relies on the principle that all objects at a temperature above absolute zero radiate infrared energy.  The amount of radiation emitted is a function of the body's physiology.  Our DITI camera captures and records this energy and converts it to a digital image called a thermogram that is saved for analysis and archiving.

Do I need a doctor's referral?

No.  We see patients who are self referred or referred from their doctor.

How do I prepare for the thermographic scan?

Preparing for your exam is simple yet crucial to the accuracy of the results.  Do not have any physical therapy, massage, electromyography or chiropractic work the same day as your appointment.  Do not consume any caffeine 3 hours before your appointment.  Do not smoke or participate in vigorous exercise 2 hours before your appointment.  Do not use any lotions, liniments or creams the day of your scan, including perfume and cologne.  Avoid strong sunlight exposure the day of your appointment and do not have an existing sunburn.  All jewelry will be removed for scans.  Long hair should be worn up.  A detailed preparation list will be emailed to you prior to your appointment.

How long does the procedure take?

The longest part is filling out the paper work and going over the medical history with the thermographer!  The scan itself usually takes 15-30 minutes depending on how many regions are being imaged.​

Do I need to come back three months after my initial breast screening?

The most accurate result we can produce is change over time. Before we can start to evaluate any changes, we need to establish an accurate and stable baseline for you. This baseline represents your unique thermal blueprint, which will only be altered by developing pathology. A baseline cannot be established with only one study, as we would have no way of knowing if this is your normal pattern or if it is actually changing at the time of the first scan. By comparing two studies three months apart we are able to judge if your breast physiology is stable and suitable to be used as your normal baseline and safe for continued annual screening.

The reason a three-month interval is used relates to the period of time it takes for blood vessels to show change. A period of time less than three months may miss significant change. A period of time much more than three months can miss significant change that may have already taken place. There is no substitute for establishing an accurate baseline.

Your initial scan is only being compared to what a normal body's thermal symmetries should be. Your annual scan is being compared to what a normal body's thermal symmetries should be, your past scans, and your accurately establish baseline created by your 3 month follow up.

In simpler terms, this is to make sure there are no rapid changes even if there wasn't anything of concern in your initial scan. If there are no rapid changes then your stable baseline has been established and we will see you in a year!

Is a thermogram different from a mammogram or ultrasound?
Yes.   Unlike mammography and ultrasound, thermography (DITI) is a test of physiology.  It detects the infrared heat radiating from the surface of the body.  It can help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of cancer.  Mammography and ultrasound are tests of anatomy.  They look at structure.  When a tumor grows to a size that is big enough and dense enough to block an x-ray beam (mammography) or sound wave (ultrasound), it produces an image that can be detected by a trained radiologist.  A mammogram, ultrasound or thermography can not diagnose cancer.  This can only be done by biopsy.  When thermography, mammogram, ultrasound and clinical exam are used together, the best evaluation of breast health can be made.​​​​​
Is thermal imaging and replacement for mammography and ultrasound?

Thermography should be viewed as a complimentary, not competitive, tool to mammography and ultrasound.   Thermography has the ability to identify patients at the highest level of risk and actually increase the effective usage of mammograms and ultrasounds.  Research confirms that thermography, when used with mammography, can improve the sensitivity of breast cancer detection.   The ultimate choice should be made on an individual basis with regard to clinical history, personal circumstances and medical advice.​

If I have a suspicious mammography or lump, should I have a thermal scan?

Yes!  The information provided by a thermography study can contribute useful additional information which ultimately helps your doctor with case management decisions.  It is also instrumental in the progress of any treatment protocol.​

Who certifies the thermographer?

The thermographer is certified from the American College of Clinical Thermology at Duke University.  The American College of Clinical Thermology is an accredited medical association.​

Who reads the images and reports?

Images are sent to an interpretation service that employs medical doctors who are all board certified Thermologists certified by The American College of Clinical Thermology at Duke University.   These doctors have many years of experience and are able to ask for second opinions when necessary.​

How quickly will I get my report back?

Reports are normally ready in 3-5 days and mailed to you.  They can also be mailed to your physician(s).  Your results can be back in a 24 hour period for an extra fee of $35.

Is thermography covered by insurance?

In most cases thermography is not covered by insurance.​


Learn more about thermal imaging or schedule an appointment!

Learn more about thermal imaging or schedule an appointment.

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    Town & Country, MO
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