One of the first questions we are often asked is how does thermography compare to mammography? We included a quote from Dr. Tom Hudson, Radiologist and Thermologist specializing in breast cancer diagnosis, to help answer this question.
“Both tests can produce images of the breasts, and both offer the possibility of early breast cancer detection, but other than that, they have nothing in common. They’re different tests, produced in different ways, showing completely different things. Mammography involves radiation and breast compression. Thermography requires neither. Mammography shows anatomy (structure). Thermography measures subtle temperature changes in the skin associated with underlying pathology. It is a physiological test only. It cannot “see” a cancer. Mammography can detect cancer very early, as small as a few millimeters. Thermography can detect physiologic changes while it is still at a cellular level—before it becomes visible on a mammogram.
In short, thermography is a way to monitor breast health, not just a way to detect breast disease. Mammography can show you if you have a cancer or not, but other than that it has little purpose. Thermography offers a woman the chance to become aware of worrisome physiological changes before there is a diagnosable disease—which is when risk-reduction strategies such as diet, exercise, and stress reduction are most effective.” – Dr. Tom Hudson
Sometimes Doctors may not embrace thermography, most likely because he or she knows little or nothing about thermography. Lack of knowledge does not make the test invalid. The reporting doctor reading your thermogram and preparing your report and results is available to speak directly with your own healthcare provider if there are any questions. Now, more than ever, is the time for women to take control of their own health. Check out all the options and make an educated decision.
Ingrid Adams, CCT
Ursula Walker, CCT
Located in Gilman Village, Issaquah