Why Haven’t I Heard of Thermography?

When breast thermography (a/k/a infrared mammography) was first explored, thermographic abnormalities in younger women were detected many times but mammograms did not detect any tumors. These results were considered “false positives,” and placed suspicion on thermography. Years later, in re-call studies, 35% of these women had developed breast cancer.  In addition, 41% of the women diagnosed with benign breast disease (such as fibrocystic breast) also developed breast cancer, thus validating its early warning role.

More than 800 peer-reviewed studies exist on breast thermography, involving more than 250,000 study participants describing its usefulness.  The number of women in the studies range from 37,000 to 118,000, and some women were followed for up to 12 years.  An evaluation of these studies revealed that breast thermography has an average sensitivity and specificity of 90% for detecting early changes in the breast that can possibly lead to cancer.

Breast thermography is able to show the early stages of a breast cancer forming which allows for prevention via lifestyle, hormone balancing and other changes as necessary.  Unfortunately, many doctors are still unaware of the importance and accuracy of this technology as a preventative tool.  Some doctors know how to respond when there is undeniable cancer but not  where prevention is needed such as lifestyle and nutrition to avoid this disease.  (REF: Guthrie, M, Thermobiological assessment of benign and malignant breast disease, Ann J. Obstet Gynecol 147:461, 1983)

“Digital infrared imaging, is based upon the principle that chemical and blood vessel activity in both precancerous and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal tissues. This activity frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperature of the breast.  Infrared mammography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze and produce high resolution images of these temperature variations, which may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer.”
US National Cancer Institute

The Biomedical Engineering Handbook
Infrared Mammography has the ability to identify the earliest signs of cancer formation, up to 10 years before other imaging modality can identify it.
Third Edition, Medical Devices and Systems, 2006

A Comparative Review of Thermography as a Breast Screening Technique In this review, each of the breast screening tools and their associated limitations are discussed, with a focus brought to thermography.
Published: Integrative Cancer Therapies, 2009

Efficacy of Computerized Infrared Imaging Analysis to Evaluate Mammographically Suspicious Lesions The purpose of this clinical trial was to determine the efficacy of a dynamic computerized infrared imaging system for distinguishing between benign and malignant lesions in patients undergoing biopsy on the basis of x-ray mammographic findings.
Published: American Journal of Radiology, 2003

Effectiveness of a Non-invasive Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging System in the Detection of Breast Cancer “…infrared mammography has resurfaced in this era of modernized computer technology”
American Journal of Surgery, Volume 196 Issue 4 Pages 523-526, 2008

“A negative Infrared Mammography study TH-1 or TH-2 proved powerful evidence that cancer was not present.”
The American Journal of Radiology, Jan 2003, 263-269