Breast thermography is a radiation-free, touch-free imaging procedure that has been FDA cleared since 1982 as an adjunctive screening tool to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.
The technology of thermography has been utilized for decades and can detect physiological changes of the breasts at an early stage. It is safe for women of all ages and is equally effective for women with dense breast tissue. This is particularly important considering that up to 60% of women have dense breast tissue.
Research shows that mammography is effective in detecting breast cancer in women with non-dense breast tissue. However, the accuracy of mammography drops dramatically for women with dense tissue.
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Breast thermography is based on the principle that blood vessel activity is almost always higher in pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer than in healthy tissue. Cancer cells have an ever-increasing need for nutrients.
Neoangiogenesis is a phenomenon specific to cancer, which permits the creation of new blood vessels to supply such nutrients and ensures the growth of cancer cells or a cancerous tumor.
With the activity of new blood vessels, there's an increased blood flow that produces temperature variations within the breast that can be detected by a medical infrared camera, as seen in these thermographic images.
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