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Thermography for Breasts

Breast thermography is a diagnostic procedure that images the breasts to aid in the early detection and prevention of energy blockages and or breast cancer.

The procedure is based on the principle that chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in the normal breast. Since pre-cancerous and cancerous masses are highly metabolic tissues, they need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth. In order to do this they increase circulation to their cells by sending out chemicals to keep existing blood vessels open, recruit dormant vessels, and create new ones (neoangiogenesis). This process results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast.

State-of-the-art breast thermography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images of these temperature and vascular changes.

The procedure is both comfortable and safe using no radiation or compression. By carefully examining changes in the temperature and blood vessels of the breasts, signs of possible cancer or pre-cancerous cell growth may be detected up to 10 years prior to being discovered using any other procedure. This provides for the earliest detection of cancer possible. Because of breast thermography's extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations and vascular changes may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.(3,6,7,8,9)

Breast thermography has been researched for over 40 years, and over 800 peer-reviewed breast thermography studies exist in the index-medicus.

In this data base well over 250,000 women have been included as study participants. The numbers of participants in many studies are very large ranging from 37,000 to 118,000 women. Some of these studies have followed patients up to 12 years. Breast thermography has an average sensitivity and specificity of 90%.


Studies show that:

  • An abnormal infrared image is also the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer
  • 8 times more significant than a first order family history of the disease(5).
  • A persistent abnormal thermogram carries with it a 22x higher risk of future breast cancer.
  • When added to a woman's regular breast health checkups, a 61% increased survival rate has been realized.
  • Finally, when used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + mammography + thermography) 95% of early stage cancers will be detected.

A positive infrared scan may indicate the presence of many different breast abnormalities such as mastitis, benign tumors, fibrocystic breast disease, cancer, and others.

Just as unique as a fingerprint, each patient has a particular infrared map of their breasts. Any modification of this infrared map on serial imaging (images taken over months to years) can constitute an early sign of an abnormality. In patients without cancer, the examination results are used to indicate the level of possible future cancer risk(4,5). Consequently, in the absence of other positive tests, an abnormal infrared image gives a woman an early warning. By maintaining close monitoring of her breast health with serial infrared imaging, self breast exams, clinical examinations, and other tests, a woman has a much better chance of detecting cancer at its earliest stage and preventing invasive tumor growth.

Breast thermography's ability to detect a pre-cancerous state of the breast, or signs of cancer at an extremely early stage, lies in its unique capability of monitoring the temperature variations and blood vessel alterations produced by the earliest changes in tissue physiology (function)(3,6,7,8,9).

However, thermography does not have the ability to pinpoint the location of a tumor. Consequently, breast thermography's role is in addition to mammography and physical examination, not in lieu of. Breast thermography does not replace mammography and mammography does not replace breast thermography, the tests complement each other. Since it has been determined that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect cancers when there is the greatest chance for survival (1). Proper use of breast self-exams, physician exams, thermography, and mammography together provide the earliest detection system available to date(3,7,8,9). If treated in the earliest stages, cure rates greater than 95% are possible(3,6).

The addition of breast thermography to the frontline of early breast cancer detection brings a great deal of good news for women.

References

  1. American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Guidelines and Statistics, 1999
  2. I. Nyirjesy, M.D. et al; Clinical Evaluation, Mammography and Thermography in the Diagnosis of Breast Carcinoma. Thermology, 1986; 1: 170-173.
  3. M. Gautherie, Ph.D.; Thermobiological Assessment of Benign and Malignant Breast Diseases. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol., 1983; V 147, No. 8: 861-869.
  4. C. Gros, M.D., M. Gautherie, Ph.D.; Breast Thermography and Cancer Risk Prediction. Cancer, 1980; V 45, No. 1: 51-56.
  5. P. Haehnel, M.D., M. Gautherie, Ph.D. et al; Long-Term Assessment of Breast Cancer Risk by Thermal Imaging. In: Biomedical Thermology, 1980; 279-301.
  6. P. Gamigami, M.D.; Atlas of Mammography: New Early Signs in Breast Cancer. Blackwell Science, 1996.
  7. J. Keyserlingk, M.D.; Time to Reassess the Value of Infrared Breast Imaging? Oncology News Int., 1997; V 6, No. 9.
  8. P.Ahlgren, M.D., E. Yu, M.D., J. Keyserlingk, M.D.; Is it Time to Reassess the Value of Infrared Breast Imaging? Primary Care & Cancer (NCI), 1998; V 18, No. 2.
  9. N. Belliveau, M.D., J. Keyserlingk, M.D. et al ; Infrared Imaging of the Breast: Initial Reappraisal Using High-Resolution Digital Technology in 100 Successive Cases of Stage I and II Breast Cancer. Breast Journal, 1998; V 4, No. 4 

News Flash 22.2.11 Thermography + Quacadometis

Hi,
Medical Thermography is neither complementary nor alternative, it is allopathic medicine in Germany.

The German government has sponsored the development of Thermography with grants over the past decade. At the forefront is Dr. Reinhold Berz, president of the German society of thermography since 1996 and owner of the company that produces the only systems with CE mark. The CE mark enables European hospitals to provide "Thermography according to Berz".

There are Dr. Berz systems for various applications, breast examinations, whole body, rheumatism, orthopedics, sports medicine and the latest addition is VasoVision, a system that examines arteries and the circulatory system.

Research is being conducted into the effects of gadolinium based contrast agents used in MRI. VasoVision before and after MRI shows changes occurring in the short and long term.

Findings may deal with the myth that you can pump one of the most toxic substances known to man through human arteries and expect no damage to be done.
These findings may constitute the basis for the diagnosis of damage from gadolinium.

The website of Dr Reinhold Berz is in German only www.inframedic.de and shows thermography pictures including those for veterinary medicine.

For further info about the MRI/gadolinium issue I recommend article on iHN and
http://infoholix.net/category.php?mId=118

I'll be glad to answer your questions about Thermography via email
wihaceha@yahoo.com. Dr. Reinhold Berz is now also living in Paraguay.
Your questions can be discussed over lunch. Empanadas filled with organic vegetables are Gs.3.000 ea and we are prepared to eat as many as you will sponsor.
Who says that there is no such thing as a free lunch?


What is Quacadometis? ......have you googled it out? .....or visited my blog
http://infoholix.net/blog/2011/02/18/quacadometis-mystery/


Last not least, take a look at the sponsor of this News Flash below,
the connection between Breast Thermography and Donna Glove is obvious.

Cheers,
Wilfrid

Wilfrid Hartnagel
ceo, infoholix.net
www.infoholix.net

Donna Glove is a class 1 medical device for breast self-examination produced by Poggio Fiorito Srl in Rome, Italy. Donna Glove also has the CE-mark and is ideal for use in between breast-thermographies.
http://infoholix.net/category.php?mId=105
 

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