MIDWEST THERMOGRAPHY SOLUTIONS
EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!
Thermography’s role is to provide early detection of breast cancer, and other breast diseases, by monitoring abnormal physiology and establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. Thermography offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast self examination, doctor examination or mammography alone. Early detection of breast cancer leads to increased survival rates!
HOW DOES THERMOGRAPHY DETECT BREAST CANCER?
A thermography scan detects subtle physiological changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic 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.
THERMOGRAPHY AND DENSE BREAST TISSUE
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 baseline. Annual visits are recommended after the baseline is established.
IS THERMOGRAPHY ACCURATE?
Yes! You do need to have a stable thermal pattern established though. 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. This is how thermography detects breast cancer and other breast diseases, and is also why thermography is phenomenal as an early breast cancer detection method.
Baseline thermogram showed a slight hyperthermic asymmetry in the upper right breast.
The follow up study at 3 months showed the pattern had become more well defined. Mammography was inconclusive.
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).
There were no visible signs of abnormality. Referral to a breast specialist and a subsequent biopsy diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer at a very early stage.
Significant vascular activity in the left breast which was clinically correlated with fibrocystic changes.
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.
4 doublings (approximately 10 years) is considered lethal.
It takes years for a tumor to grow. The earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and prevention. With breast cancer, early detection can mean treatment for stage 1 breast cancer opposed to more progressed breast cancer stages.
Breast cancers seem to grow significantly faster in women under 50; causing breast cancer stages to progress more rapidly.
|Age||Average tumor doubling time|
|Under 50||80 Days|
|Over 70||188 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.
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
- Unexplained pain
- Dental and TMJ
- Inflammatory pain
- Digestive disorders
- Artery inflammation
- Carpal tunnel
- Skin cancer
- Stroke screening
- Breast disease
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 breast disease, injury and infection. There is a high degree of thermal symmetry in a normal healthy body. Subtle abnormal thermal asymmetries 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.
No. We see patients who are self referred or referred from their doctor.
Preparing for your thermography breast exam is simple yet crucial to the accuracy of the results. For thermography results to be accurate, 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, ointments 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.
The longest part is filling out the paper work and going over the medical history with the thermographer! The thermography scan itself usually takes 10-20 minutes depending on how many regions are being imaged.
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, and is critical to early breast cancer detection, and breast disease detection.
Your initial thermography 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!
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, such as a breast cancer lump, 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(thermogram) can not diagnose cancer. This can only be done by biopsy. When thermography, structural tests and clinical exam are used together, the best evaluation of breast health can be made.
Is thermal imaging a replacement for mammography and ultrasound?
Thermograms should be viewed as a complementary, not competitive, tool to mammogram screenings and ultrasound. Thermography has the ability to identify patients at the highest level of risk and actually increase the effective usage of structural tests. Research confirms that thermography, when used with structural tests, 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.
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 structural tests. Research confirms that thermography, when used with structural tests, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Reports are normally ready in 3-5 days and emailed to you, password protected. They can also be mailed to your physician(s). Your results can be back in a 24 hour period for an extra fee of $50.
In most cases, thermography is not covered by insurance. Many FSA & HSA plans do cover it. A superbill can be given to the patient if they would like to submit it to their insurance.
April was very informative, caring and took time to explain everything! I felt very comfortable and satisfied with my scans & level of detail reports! Very happy I found this alternative option to radiation based scans! – Jennifer
My first impression of April was very pleasant and professional. She was very informative and thorough and answered all my questions very professionally. This was my first thermography breast exam. So glad I didn’t have to get mammography with all the radiation along with it. Looking forward to my 3-month visit to get my Baseline. – Colleen
Just wanted to send you a quick note to say THANK YOU for making my first thermography scan and subsequent follow-up exam smooth and seamless. April, your warm and compassionate nature simply put me at ease! Your thorough explanation of the process and the initial baseline report was very helpful and appreciated. Some of the areas noted on that first scan were quite interesting, so I discussed with my primary care physician. I had some tests run to check things out for peace of mind. In addition, the recommendation on my report to have myofascial release was something I took to heart and thoroughly enjoyed the work done on those areas. I believe it was beneficial. Thanks, again. – Julie
I had my first thermography done with April and she made me feel so comfortable during my session! April took the time to explain everything to me and answer all of my questions. I was expecting my results within a few days but they literally came back the next day. I highly recommend April! – Angela
As a physician, I know the importance of preventative and natural health. Thermography is a great technology for detecting issues in the body, and an amazing alternative to mammograms. April is great and truly cares about her clients! Best in STL!! Dr. Gerlach
April is very professional and knowledgeable. My visit was pleasant and I left feeling confident I’d had the best experience possible. My report was delivered faster than promised. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Midwest Thermography Solutions! – Brandy
April at Midwest Thermography Solutions was wonderful to work with. She is very knowledgable about health & wellness. I received my results quickly and was very impressed with how detailed they were. My thermography scan helped me uncover some underlying issues that were causing me problems. I have had 3 scans now and will continue to use thermography as part of my wellness plan. – Eva
An easy, non-invasive procedure. April was great. – Jan
I was told that there was a 90% chance that I had breast cancer. I chose to get a second opinion through thermography. My scans showed that nothing was evolving in my breast. It showed fibrocystic changes. I will continue to watch my thermal patterns very closely through thermography. Thermography saved me from having a mastectomy! – Barbara
If you are looking for someone who is very knowledgeable, professional, and affordable I would highly recommend April at Midwest Thermography Solutions. I scheduled a full body scan and was a little apprehensive about the whole process. She explained the process to me and made me feel very comfortable. My results came back before the predicted date. I will continue to go back for yearly scans as a part of my wellness plan. I am so glad I took my doctor’s advice and went to Midwest Thermography. Early detection is the key to prevention. Thanks April! – Stacey
Thermography was able to detect that I had some kind of autoimmune problem. I took my report to my doctor and she ran some tests. I am now on my way to healing. Thank you, April for all your advice and for helping guide me to the root of my illness. Her health coach background is so helpful, she even gave me a meal plan specifically for autoimmune problems. – Karen
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