Thermography

This imaging technology uses an infrared camera to show heat patterns in the breast or whole body. It is entirely safe, uses no radiation, causes no pain, works well with dense soft tissue, and is best at early detection. Reports are generated by licensed medical doctors who are board certified in thermography. New Jersey locations for thermography appointments are Oakland, Ringwood, and Red Bank.

Since 1982 thermography has been FDA approved for medical imaging. Thermography is digital infrared imaging, a technology that uses an infrared camera that senses and records patterns of heat and displays the image on a computer screen. It does not use x-rays and your breast tissue is not squished between cold metal plates. No one touches you. It is much like getting your photo taken by a regular camera, except this one is sensitive to the infrared spectrum.


Susan with the Thermography Camera

Mammograms detect structures while thermograms record the physiology of the breasts. Cancer can be found on a mammogram only when it has grown to a mass large enough to be detected (approximately 1 million cells). That means mammograms can only detect cancer already in progress. Thermography can pick up breast disease eight to ten years earlier than mammography. That gives you time for intervention with diet changes, lifestyle changes, etc. that may prevent cancer from manifesting.

Dense breast tissue is not an issue with thermography as it is with mammography. Thermography will detect fibrocystic conditions and is best at detecting inflammatory breast disease that mammograms can miss because x-rays don’t record inflammation.

How is a thermogram done? You sit in a warm room and undress from the waist up. You put on a medical gown and fill out health history paperwork. The gown is then removed and images are recorded at a distance by the camera and stored on a computer. These images are then sent off-site to medical doctors that are board certified to read thermograms and send reports. Reports are usually available in 24 hours.

If the report comes back with notations about an area of suspicion then the doctors that do the report will recommend that you follow up with diagnostic testing. Thermograms do not negate the need for a mammogram or other methods for a diagnosis. Thermography is not for diagnostic use. It cannot replace a mammogram (x-ray), just as an x-ray cannot be substituted for a CT scan, etc.

Sessions are paid for at the time of service. Insurance or co-pays are not accepted. It is your obligation to find out if your insurance company covers the procedure and what is needed to submit with your claim for reimbursement. You will be given a receipt and a copy of the report. A report will be mailed to your doctor at no additional charge.

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