Thermography, a non-invasive diagnostic tool, is being used more and more as a form of early breast cancer detection prevention. It is widely accepted as a safe alternative to mammograms as it poses no risks for individuals who have or may develop breast implants or metal allergies. In addition, thermography does not require compression of the breasts making it ideal for those with sensitive breast tissue. At NEX Wellness, we offer Thermography Imaging services for cancer screening and other health issues. During a screening with thermography, infrared technology captures images of the blood vessels underneath the skin in order to create an assessment of whether any changes are detected that could lead to disease. In this article, we share some information about the benefits of breast cancer screening with Thermography.
Healthy Vascular Activity
Thermography imaging shows a healthy vascular system as being active with a great deal of blood flow. When the vascular system is disrupted, the lack of blood flow to surrounding tissues causes inflammation which can lead to cancer or other diseases. In order to ensure that there are no issues, a thermogram should be taken every six months starting at age 30 until menopause and then yearly thereafter. This can be used as a guide for lifestyle changes that need to be made. For example, if the location of your red blood cells has changed from previous images, it may cause concern about possible hormone imbalance due to estrogen dominance.
Fluid Retention in Lymph Nodes
One benefit of breast cancer screening with thermography is that it can detect fluid retention in lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are part of the body’s immune system and play a role in creating antibodies to ward off infections. In addition, they create white blood cells to fight disease. They also filter excess tissue fluids from the surrounding tissues and organs resulting from inflammation or injury. Fluid accumulation can cause cancerous growths which can be monitored through proper breast cancer screening with thermography.
Women who are 40 years old or older, should have additional screening with thermography to detect fibrocystic lumps. The presence of these lumps may be an indication of breast cancer so having proper screenings is essential for early detection. Since fibrocystic lumps are not always cancerous, further testing with mammograms is necessary to ensure any suspicious masses are safe.
No Hard Sticks
It may be a good thing that breast cancer screening with thermography does not require hard sticks or compression of the breasts. The technique uses infrared technology and images acquired through light waves which do not include radiation. Therefore, there is no need for an X-ray machine so there is less exposure to unnecessary harmful risks found in other forms of breast cancer screening such as mammograms or tomosynthesis (3D Mammography).
If you would like to learn more about how thermography imaging can be beneficial, we encourage you to get in touch with our team at NEX Wellness today.
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