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Breast cancer awareness: New science offers pain-free screening

Carol Fowler
Special to the Bonanza
A thermogram looks for heat patterns that show blood vessel development, increased circulation or even hormonal imbalances in the body.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — did you know there is a new technology for breast screening that is compression-free, pain-free and without harmful radiation?

Thermal Imaging (Thermography) offers a new way for women to have their breasts screened for risk of cancer utilizing major advances in thermal camera technology.

How does it work? “Angiogenesis” is new blood vessel growth, which precedes the formation of tumors in the body. This increased blood flow emits a heat signature that the extremely sensitive infrared cameras can see.

A Thermologist, a doctor trained in the interpretation of infrared thermal images, much like a Radiologist trained in reading X-rays, is able to see this abnormal heat signature which appears years before a tumor forms.

Unlike structural imaging (MRI, mammogram or ultrasound) which is looking for a structure that has already formed, a thermogram is looking for heat patterns that show blood vessel development, increased circulation or even hormonal imbalances in the body.

Due to the unique powers of Thermography, women who have been reluctant to receive a mammogram due to sensitive, dense breast tissue or augmentative surgery, now have a safe and pain-free solution to be proactive about their health.

Receiving a thermogram is no different than having your photo taken as the camera is receiving information from the heat distribution within the breasts throughout the imaging process without the output of harmful radiation or compression of the tissue.

Many doctors across the country who are on the forefront of breast cancer research have endorsed breast thermography as a breakthrough for women’s health.

Nationally known Carson City medical doctor Dr. Frank Shallenbeger utilizes thermography in his clinic, which specializes in anti-aging, preventative medicine and cancer treatment.

Robert Elliot, M.D., Ph.D., Founder/Director of the EEH Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center (one of the largest in the United States) and President of the American Mastology Association states: “The use of computerized medical infrared imaging for breast cancer detection and as a high risk and prognostic indicator leads to both earlier detection of breast cancer and increases the overall survival of breast cancer patients.”

Carol Fowler, a certified thermographic technician, offers thermal imagine screens at her office, Vital Thermal Imaging, in Incline Village. For more information or to schedule a screening, visit vitalthermalimaging.com or call 775-526-0442.