Thermogram procedures

November 12, 2012

Thermogram procedures

A theremogram is an effective and safe method of testing for abnormalities in the body. It is responsible for detecting a large number of breast cancer cases.

A thermogram uses the heat that radiates naturally from the body to detect abnormalities. It is a safe procedure that unlike x-rays does not involve radiation and can therefore be performed over and over again. There is no contact with the body and it is completely painless. The thermogram technology uses infrared images that can be analysed by doctors who look for abnormalities and asymmetries. Most abnormalities in the body will cause a change in the release of heat from that area of the body and this will be reflected in the thermogram. Such abnormalities include inflammation, infection, trauma and sunburn.

Breast Thermogram

One of the most popular and effective uses of this method is the detection of breast cancer. A thermogram is able to detect it at a very early stage. This is because the development of breast cancer causes a growth of new blood vessels, which releases additional heat. This happens before the cancer has developed and affected any new tissue matter; therefore this method of thermal imaging allows breast cancer to be caught a lot earlier that it can be with other methods. In fact a thermogram will pick up early indications of breast cancer as long as much as 8 years earlier than a mammogram can. The best way to detect breast cancer is to use a thermogram and mammogram together and this way approximately 95% of early breast cancer symptoms will be detected.


A mammogram has different benefits to the thermogram and the best results are actually produced when both methods are used together. A function of a mammogram is to detect actual abnormal mass within the breast, whereas thermal imaging reveals subtle alterations in the heat that is being released by the breast. The disadvantage of a mammogram is that it is not as subtle or sensitive as the thermogram and in most cases the cancer would have been present and developing in the breast for around 5 years before it is detected in a mammogram. A combination of the two exams will produce the most reliable results. A physical breast exam is able to detect about 61% of cancers present in the body and a mammogram alone is able to detect approximately 84% of cancers. When a mammogram and a thermogram are both performed it will detect 95% of cancers present in the breast.

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