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Thermography can detect irregular patterns in the breast often before a noticeable lump is formed. In some cases, such as inflammatory cancer, there are no lumps to be detected by self-exam or mammogram.

Mammograms look at anatomical changes in the breast as they detect masses or lumps. Thermograms look at vascular changes in the breast as they detect blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetries. The two detection methods complement each other.

Breast thermography can detect cancer forming 8-10 years before a mammogram. With a clinical exam, mammogram, and thermogram, up to 95% of early stage cancers can be detected.

All women can benefit from breast screening using thermography. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (under 50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective.

A thermography can provide a “thermal baseline” so that the doctor can monitor specific areas of the breast that need close examination. It is important to have two scans done within a 3-4 month period because active cancers double in size every 90 days. If there are any changes from the first breast scan to the second, additional studies will be requested by the interpreting doctor.

All of the breast thermogram images are kept on record and once a stable thermal pattern has been established, any changes can be detected during routine annual studies.