Breast thermography

Thermography or thermology is the medical science that derives diagnostic indications from highly detailed and sensitive infrared images of the human body. Thermology is sometimes referred to as medical infrared imaging or tele-thermology and utilizes highly resolute and sensitive thermographic cameras. Thermology is completely non-contact and involves no form of energy imparted onto or into the body.

Thermology has some recognized applications in breast oncology, chiropractic, dentistry, neurology, orthopedics, occupational medicine, pain management, vascular medicine/cardiology and veterinary medicine.

In alternative medicine

Thermography has been promoted by complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) clinics particularly as a breast imaging technique for cancer screening. This is not scientifically validated. The American Cancer Society says:

Thermography has been around for many years, and some scientists are still trying to improve the technology to use it in breast imaging. But no study has yet shown that it is an effective screening tool for finding breast cancer early. It should not be used as a substitute for mammograms.

— American Cancer Society (emphasis added)

Initial studies (1977) found it to be less useful than either mammography or clinical examination,[1] and skeptics have noted that sites promoting breast thermography carry the "quack Miranda warning" that claims have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).[2] Health Canada have issued "cease and desist" orders to clinics offering breast thermography as a claimed cancer diagonstic.[3] Scott Gavura of the Science Based Pharmacy blog describes breast thermography as "worse than useless" based on currently available evidence.[4]

The FDA has issued a public warning notice stating that breast thermography is not an alternative to mammography[5] and has ordered Joseph Mercola to stop making excessive claims for thermography.[6]

The Foundation of mammography in comparison with infrared screening (medical thermography). Clearly is that medical thermography sees the physiological processes of the body and not the anatomical changes. Therefore it is more used in preventative screening.


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