Posted on: 02.04.2022 Posted by: Drlark Comments: 0

June 10, 2004


Breast Health

Thermography Versus Mammography

I am deeply concerned about the use of mammography,

due to its many flaws, including painful compression of the breasts,

the high rate of false positives and negative test results, and

even the increased risk of developing the very cancer you are trying

to avoid.

Fortunately, thermography is nothing like mammography. Thermography

is a heat-imaging screening technique that does not use radiation

or breast compression to detect tumors. Instead, it uses a high-resolution

camera that can “read” the temperature of your body and

convert it into an infrared heat image that can be seen on a computer.

In this way, a physician can position a woman at the ideal angle

for her particular breast contour to be examined.

The camera then records these images and sends them to a computer

where they are stored until a physician can perform a detailed exam

to detect the exact differences in temperature that indicate whether

or not cancer may be present. (Healthy breast tissue usually registers

as blue, green, or yellow, while cancerous tissue will present as

red or orange.)

Is It Effective?

The infrared “map” of each woman’s breast is as unique

as her fingerprint. Any change in this map over the course of months

and years can signal an early indication of possible tumors or other

abnormalities. In fact, studies have shown that an abnormal infrared

image is the single most important indicator of high risk for developing

breast cancer. Similarly, it has been found that a woman can increase

her survival rate from breast cancer by 61 percent simply by including

thermography as a part of her regular breast health checkups.

Who Can Perform Thermography?

Any well-trained and experienced personnel — medical doctors,

osteopaths, naturopaths, and chiropractors — can perform thermography

if they have the correct equipment. Ideally, the physician should

be a board-certified clinical thermographer from a reputable organization.

Currently, the only recognized thermography organizations are the

American Academy of Thermology, the American Academy of Medical

Infrared Imaging, the International Academy of Clinical Thermology,

and the International Thermographic Society.

How to Get Started

Unfortunately, thermography is still not as widely used and available

as mammography. But fortunately, it is becoming more prevalent.

The first thing I would recommend is that you work with a complementary

physician, osteopath, chiropractor, or naturopathic doctor, all

of whom are more likely to know of a facility in your area that

offers this screening technique. If you don’t have one already,

you can contact their membership organizations (American College

for the Advancement of Medicine at 1-800-532-3688 and;

the American Osteopathic Association at 1-800-621-1773 or;

the American Chiropractic Association at 1-800-986-4636 or;

and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at 1-877-969-2267


to find one in your area.

If your care provider is unaware of a facility in your area, you

can contact the International Academy of Clinical Thermography online

at, or if

you do not have Internet access, you can contact the organization

at 1-650-361-8908. While this group does not have a comprehensive

list of facilities, they are a great starting point. Even if you

do not see a facility located in your area, I suggest calling someone

that is on the list. In most cases, they will be only too happy

to let you know if they know of a physician or clinic offering thermography

near you.

Finally, if that doesn’t work, you may need to consider traveling

to the facility closest to you. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that

peace of mind and good health are well worth a couple of hours on

the road.

Once you locate a physician and facility, be sure to ask who will

be reading your exam and what qualifications they have. You’ll also

want to ensure that this doctor regularly tests or at least participates

in the quality control of the facility and equipment.

Read More on Breast Health:

Getting Started

Breast Cancer

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Fibrocystic Disease

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