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Q: "Is a thermal scan different than a mammogram or ultrasound?"

A: A thermal scan is different than other diagnostic tests such as a mammogram or ultrasound. Thermal scans are a test of what is occurring at the cellular level. Thermal screening or thermography looks for physiological changes in our bodies by analyzing temperature and vascular patterns. Other diagnostic tests, such as a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI, look for a structure that is present in the body ­– like a tumor.

Everyone has their own unique thermal pattern and changes to those patterns can indicate early stage abnormalities that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. This is why it is important to keep a close eye on subtle changes to the temperatures and patterns that are unique to us.

Thermograms (the medical image that is produced) can aid your doctor in planning accordingly and developing a program to further diagnose and/or monitor your health. Thermography screenings are a great preventative screening tool to add to your health plan. Not only are they radiation-free, compression-free, and have no adverse effects, the test is something you can schedule on your own. You can then provide the results to your physician.

If you are looking for a safe proactive screening tool to monitor your health or to receive a screening before you are eligible for standard diagnostic testing, thermography is an option to explore.

Utilizing a combination of diagnostic tools increases your chance of detecting abnormalities at an earlier stage. These methods include:

  • Annual breast thermography screening for women of all ages
  • Mammography when considered appropriate by a physician
  • A regular breast examination by a health professional
  • Monthly breast self-examination
  • Personal awareness for changes in the breasts
  • Readiness to discuss quickly any changes in breast health with a doctor

These guidelines should be considered along with your background and medical history.

If you have any questions about how thermal imaging could benefit you, call (855) 254-4328 to speak with one of our technicians  or to make an appointment. Health Enhancing Thermography is located at 110 Ft. Couch Rd. Bethel Park, PA 15241.

Visit www.heat-images.com for more information

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