Breast Infrared Imaging/Thermography – A New Partner in Early Breast Cancer Detection.
Since its first large scale use in the 1980’s, Breast Infrared Imaging has developed into an important tool in the battle against breast cancer. Breast thermography is a comfortable, safe and extremely sensitive procedure used to detect the earliest signs of abnormalities in the breast. It is breast thermography’s unique ability to see the abnormal heat changes produced by diseased breast tissue that allows for extremely early detection.
Dr. Clark is currently the only board-certified infrared imager in Oregon and Washington. He's performed hundreds of imaging series. The Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners approved his reading and writing of imaging reports.
What Makes Breast Thermography So Unique?
- Breast thermography uses no radiation and poses absolutely NO health risks to the patient.
- It is capable of viewing women that have large, dense, fibrocystic breasts, or nursing mothers.
- Signs of early-stage cancers, which are too small to be found by physical examination and mammography, can be discovered with breast thermography.
- Certain types of cancers will not be detected by mammography. Breast Thermography will discover many of such cancers.
Risk Factors Involved with Breast Cancer:
- Every woman is at risk for developing breast cancer.
- The single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer is an abnormal Breast thermography image, far more significant than a family history of the disease.
- Breast tumors can take 6 to 10 years to grow, before it is large enough to be detected on a mammogram.
- A dime sized tumor can take 8 to 10 years to grow. Breast thermography can be the first signal that such a possibility is developing.
Every 2 minutes a women is diagnosed with breast cancer and every 13 minutes a women with breast cancer dies.
Out of 3 million women in the U.S. living with breast cancer only 2 million are diagnosed, while 1 million women do not even know they have breast cancer.
Studies show up to a 95 % accuracy in detecting and 61% Increase in survival rate when infrared thermal imaging and x-ray mammography are used together.
Early Detection Means Life:
Breast cancer is the most common cancer of women and the risk increases with age. Women without children and those who have had their first child after age 30, also seems to be at higher risk for developing breast cancer. Current research indicates that 1 in every 8 women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in their lifetime.
No one method of examination alone will serve all the needs in early breast cancer detection. Breast thermography and mammography complement each other in the detection of breast cancer.
The consensus among health care professionals is that early detection holds the key to survival.
Proper use of breast self-exams, physician exams, mammography and infrared imaging provide the earliest detection system available to date. If treated in the earliest stages, cure rates greater than 95% are possible. Therefore early detection does mean life.
Our center offers breast screening and full body thermal imaging. Breast thermography is invaluable in the diagnostic evaluation of patients.
Infrared Imaging fills the gap in clinical diagnosis; X-ray, CT, Ultrasound and MRI, are tests of anatomy or structure. Infrared Imaging is unique in its capability to show physiological or functional changes and metabolic processes. It has also proven to be a very useful complementary procedure to other diagnostic procedures.
Since it is non-invasive, very sensitive and reliable this technology offers graphic mapping and display of all skin surface temperatures. With Infrared Imaging you can diagnosis, evaluate, monitor and document a large number of injuries and conditions. These include soft tissue injuries and sensory/autonomic nerve fiber dysfunction. Infrared Imaging can offer considerable financial savings by avoiding the need for more expensive investigation for many patients. Infrared Imaging can graphically display the biased feeling of pain by accurately displaying the changes in skin surface temperature. Disease states commonly associated with pain include Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/ RSD), Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis.