Thermography for Breast Screening

Thermographic  Breast Screening

As a discreet, non-invasive means to screen and monitor breast tissue, Digital Infrared Imaging (DII) provides a proven adjunct to existing Mammograms.

Using Thermography,  DII can pick up subtle changes in circulation patterns within the breast tissue, associated with ‘unusual’ activity, in it’s earliest stages.  Whilst it does not ‘diagnose’  –  it is nonetheless a proven, safe, non-invasive way to monitor a client’s condition.  It is also provides an alternative way for those women who want or need to have their breasts regularly monitored, but who do not wish to undergo a Mammogram every time.

      HealthSCAN identify DII as proving ideal particularly for  …

  • Women under 40
  • Women who for whatever reason cannot or will not have a Mammogram
  • Women who are outside the mammographic screening guidelines, whether due to surgical procedures or for contra-indication reasons

At  The Lightworks Clinic  Breast Screening is undertaken quickly and discreetly  …
Once acclimatised to the ambient temperature, a prescribed set of images are taken  –  viewing the breasts from several aspects, including the auxiliary lymph.
These images are then analysed and kept on file for future reference.
Alternatively, a Report can be submitted to the client’s Consultant on a regular basis, or when an anomaly is suspected  –  in order that further investigation may be swiftly undertaken.

As with any other type of screening, it is possible that a ‘False Positive’ may occur. However, at the Lightworks Clinic we would prefer to refer a False Positive back to the Consultant for investigation  …  and be proved wrong   …  than miss the opportunity for early intervention.

As background  …
CONVENTIONAL BREAST CANCER SCREENING METHODS
It is always good to know about the basics and types of the available approaches for early cancer detection and you can discuss with your healthcare provider regarding the method you should use. The conventional breast cancer screening methods are:

Physical examination:
This method is suggested by doctors to women of all age groups. Manually palpating your breasts and armpits deeply in a clockwise manner will reveal any underlying lump or abnormal mass. You can do this once a month several days after your period ends. In case you suspect the presence of any lump that wasn’t there before, get it checked by your doctor.
Ultrasound:
Using ultrasonic waves, the anatomical contour of breast tissue and blood vessels can be traced and lesions can, therefore, be detected. In case your doctor confirms a lump in your breasts or axilla on clinical examination, the next step that they most probably will advise may be an ultrasound to confirm the presence.
Mammography:
A mammogram is employed to look into the detailed structure of breast tissues. The healthcare system generally recommends mammography for women of older age groups as breast density remains a limiting factor here.
Biopsy:
This is rather an invasive modality of diagnosis and it brings about the most definitive results. In cases of high suspicion, a doctor will have to advise for fine needle aspiration and biopsy.

JUST HOW SAFE IS MAMMOGRAPHY ?
At present, mammography is one of the most-widely used methods for screening breast cancer and has saved hundreds of lives.
However, a study published in The Lancet Oncology in 2011 demonstrated for the first time, that women who received the most mammography breast screenings had a higher cumulative incidence of invasive breast cancer over the following six years than the control group who received far less screenings.

 

Mammograms are still essential in identifying Breast Cancer, however DII  provides an alternative, less invasive, way to monitor for breast cancer, whilst keeping the exposure associated with Mammograms to a minimum.

 

Call to discuss  …
The Lightworks Clinic
07712 778378