What if you could get a breast exam without exposing your body to radiation? There is a test out there that has been approved and used for breast cancer detection since 1956. It uses a tiny camera and is called thermography.
Thermography is a radiation-free, no contact, FDA-approved screening method for breast cancer. It uses an infrared camera to pick up on the heat coming off of the body. Instead of using radiation like an x-ray, the camera creates a heat map of sorts. Thermography creates a heat map of sorts which can pinpoint possible problems.
Here’s why that’s important: Breast cancers and other anomalies require additional blood flow in order to grow. So the infrared camera picks up that heat and signals a possible problem.
This study found both thermography and mammography can detect breast cancers.
It can do that eight to 10 years before a mammogram will pick up on a tumor. And while I would never advocate not getting a mammogram, this is something women can do. It’s not uncomfortable. There’s no physical contact whatsoever.
In 2011, the FDA issued an alert warning the public about misleading claims by thermography practitioners and manufacturers on the screening benefits of the tool. The organization said thermography should not be used in place of mammography.