Hi-tech breast health screening clinic comes to Incline Village
Special to the Bonanza
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In the battle against cancer, the awareness of women’s breast health has made enormous progress and more women than ever are getting regular checkups, ultrasounds, mammograms and exams by their doctors.
These are all important steps toward early detection of anything that may be of concern. But what if there were a new technology that provided a completely different set of data without compression or harmful radiation?
Infrared thermal imaging is the latest technological advance in early detection of health issues in the breast. Mammograms, ultrasound and physical exams are all techniques that are structural assessments — looking to find physical lumps that have formed in the breast.
But long before a spot has formed in the breast, the body grows more blood vessels to an affected area, and that produces a heat pattern that is detectable by the most sensitive and advanced thermal cameras.
Having thermal images taken of the breasts has the potential to detect a problem long before it has even physically formed by seeing abnormal blood vessel growth. This is possibly the biggest advance in women’s breast health screening to come along in years.
How it works:
Thermal Imaging must be conducted by utilizing a strict and proven protocol. Because of the sensitivity of the equipment images must be taken in a highly controlled environment, at precise angles and only after a client has fully followed the pre-procedure checklist and acclimated to the room temperature.
The Thermal Camera must be state of the art to detect the slightest temperature differences, such cameras cost upwards of $12,000 and must sync with specific IR interpretation computer software to insure accuracy and precision.
The interpretation of the scans must be conducted by a doctor certified in analysis of thermal scans. A thermologist, like a radiologist, is trained specifically in reading the complex thermal scans produced by the infrared cameras. The thermologist then provides a comprehensive report which can be shared with a clients primary doctor.
The full value of thermal imaging is discovered over a series of scans. Your first screening provides a baseline for the thermologist to evaluate.
Then over time future screenings can be compared to the baseline to note any changes in breast health.
This can be especially valuable as a means to safely evaluate the effects of various therapies and guard against any sudden negative changes.
Many women are unable to have mammograms due to highly sensitive breasts which the compression is simply too painful for.
Also, women with dense breast tissue, breast augmentation or implants often choose not to receive mammograms because of risks and inconclusive results.
This underserved community can now painlessly and effectively have regular checkups with infrared thermal imaging.
Thermal imaging does not diagnose disease it is an adjunctive technology not a replacement for mammogram or visits with your doctor.
In the 21st century women have been taking their health more into their own hands and making wiser choices to reduce cancer risks such as organic foods, regular exercise, pure water, lowering stress for a healthy lifestyle.
Thermal imaging is just one more of the smart new approaches to stopping breast cancer.
Carol Fowler, a Clinical Thermographic Technician, is owner of Vital Thermal Imaging, which recently opened an office in Incline Village in the Pine Ridge Plaza building at 937 Tahoe Blvd., Ste. No. 120. Visit vitalthermalimaging.com to learn more.