By evaluating temperature differences and blood vessel patterns, the evaluating doctor can detect signs of physiological stress, including inflammation and infection, and can determine irregular vascularity.
Breast Thermography, also known as Breast Thermal Imaging, uses a very sensitive digital infrared camera to measure heat on the surface of the breasts. This can show if one or both breasts or any area(s) in the breasts are “running a fever.” Significantly warmer breasts or areas of the breast may indicate infection, trauma or inflammation. The images also show thermovascularity, the pattern of blood vessels near the surface of the breasts.
The Rainbow View maps heat differences in color and is used by the evaluating doctor to visualize any regional temperature differences. The doctor is particularly interested in seeing if there is a significant difference in temperature in an area of one breast compared to the contralateral (same) area of the other breast.
The Grayscale View is used to visualize vascular pattern(s). Since the concentrated blood in the veins is typically warmer than the surrounding tissue, the veins show up as darker lines in Grayscale View. Irregular vascular patterns can be indicative of abnormal cells forming new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels, a physiological process known as angiogenesis.
It is especially effective for women with Dense Breasts, women with Breast Implants, women who have had Breast Reductions and for Monitoring after Surgery. It is also safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Women who begin to have Breast Thermograms in their 20’s, and establish their unique Breastprints earlier, will benefit the most by this proactive, preventive screening. By having regular Breast Thermograms, women can monitor their breast health throughout their lives and be alerted of any physiological changes in time to incorporate preventive strategies to reduce their risk of disease. Physiological changes typically occur years before structural changes.