About 1 in 8 women in the United States will establish intrusive breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. In truth, some estimates are that 255,180 new cases of invasive breast cancer– and an additional 63,410 brand-new cases of non-invasive breast cancer – will be identified throughout the country in 2017 alone. With these dreadful statistics, the requirement for early breast cancer detection and treatment is more essential than ever – making thermography, also known as digital infrared thermal imaging, such an important (safe) tool for early detection of health problems.
How does thermography work?
Thermographyq uses an infrared scanning gadget designed to evaluate the body’s surface area temperature level, which is transformed to a digitized image that can reveal heat patterns. A qualified doctor then examines the amount of heat and the balance of the heat patterns in order to evaluate underlying physical condition– including the existence of swelling or infection.
While a healthy body presents a thermally balanced image, an image with abnormalities can show disease. For example, tumors produce angiogenesis– the production of new blood vessels to nurture the growth. These trigger increased blood circulation to the area, producing more heat, which thermal imaging signs up as a “location.”
Supporters say that thermography can find early indications of breast cancer – as much as 10 years prior to standard medical testing procedures. In reality, a well-trained expert can find irregular patterns in the breast – even before the development of a lump.
Thermography provides a visual “map” of pain and inflammation
While traditional tests such as CT scans, ultrasound, MRIs and X-rays evaluate the physical structures of your body, thermography steps metabolic processes. By visualizing changes and variations in heat, thermography can provide a visual guide to areas of swelling, infection and pain.
Additionally – thermal imaging, which can be performed in about 15 minutes (sometimes more time is required)– is safe, non-invasive, painless, and accurate. Unlike mammograms, which can actually increase the threat of breast cancer by bombarding clients with high levels of radiation, thermography releases no radiation.
And, it isn’t really simply breast cancer that thermography is capable of recognizing. The technique can likewise indicate the hazard or existence of gum illness, TMJ, dental abscesses, digestion conditions, fibromyalgia, arthritis, heart problem, musculoskeletal injury, and vascular and neurological dysfunction.
The upshot: males and females alike can gain from this valuable proactive tool for preserving health.
Tammy Kohlschmidt, RDH, CTT, CBP, is a registered oral hygienist, licensed medical thermographer and Qualified Body Talk Professional. An establishing member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, she currently co-hosts the show “Sustainable Dentistry – A Better Way” with Dr. Reid Winick on Manhattan Cable, channel 57.
Tammy Kohlschmidt, who thinks that health and wellness are reflections of spirit, belief systems, energetic fields, body structure and body chemistry, embraces and integrates various natural methods as a means of bring back health.