EARLY CANCER DETECTION: What is Thermometry?

Oct 18, 2019

Breast cancer and breast health is on the minds of many women, and for good reason.  More women are diagnosed with breast cancer in America than any other cancer.  Fortunately, with proper treatment 89% of women had a five-year survival rate from 1999-2006 (National Cancer Institute).  Early detection is considered the most effective strategy in optimizing chances for full recovery. Women dutifully undergo annual mammograms and monthly self examinations, but many women may not be aware of another perhaps even better early detection exam: breast thermometry.

EARLY DETECTION: Breast thermometry has the ability to detect the first signs that cancer may be forming; up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it. According the American Cancer Society, stage I breast cancer survival is 100%. Larger tumors generally have worse outcomes. Why wait?

What is Thermometry?

Thermometry is a non-invasive screening test.  There is no contact with the body of any kind, no radiation and it’s 100% risk-free.   Thermometry is much like detecting a “fever” in the breast, which can be due to cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease.  Breast thermometry can aid early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology, including breast cancer.  X-ray Mammograms, on the other hand, may locate an abnormal area but it must be large enough or distinct enough to be visible. By that time, the tumor is much larger and well-established.  Breast thermometry does not replace x-rays.  Rather, the two are considered complementary to each other.

Medical thermometry is a diagnostic technique that is accurate, quantifiable, noncontact and noninvasive. It allows the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in temperature of the skin surface using high performance infrared cameras. FLIR thermal cameras are the leading choice in clinical medicine and veterinary science. It has proven to be highly accurate, reliable and easy to use.

thermometry is offered in Honolulu, Hawaii by Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff, N.D., L.a.c, as one of the main diagnostic tools in her medical establishment. It has considerable advantages over conventional techniques of diagnosis. One of the main things in its favor is that certified medical experts can relate subtleties in skin temperature to various underlying illnesses.

It isn’t anything new either. 30 years of clinical use and more than 8,000 peer-reviewed studies in medical journals support thermometry as a safe and effective alternative ways to examine the human body. Research has shown that thermometry is a useful tool in the investigation of and effective in diagnosing breast cancer, disorders in the nervous system and metabolism, neck and back problems, pain syndromes, arthritis, vascular disorders and soft tissue injuries, among others.

The key to thermometry is the fact that our body reacts to pathological and physiological changes within it in a thermal manner. This thermal response is based on blood flow. So, if an area will have higher blood flow due to some anomaly then it would appear as a hotspot on the thermometry camera and vice versa.

Let’s look at it with a couple of examples. If a football player has a swollen ankle then comparing a thermometry image of his ankle to that of a normal person’s would yield a veritable thermal difference. Similarly, a woman with breast cancer would have a noticeably different thermal profile around the breast region. Even in early stages of the disease. This would mean that regular checkup would result in less chance of letting a life-threatening disease go by unnoticed. Thus leading to a better prognosis. Also, in the case of breast cancer diagnosis, thermometry is FDA approved. It means that you can say goodbye to those uncomfortable sessions of mammography. With thermometry you can get better results in under a minute!

Another important factor in favor of thermometry is its cost effectiveness. While other diagnostic techniques like MRI require elaborate machinery to be monitored and run during a lengthy procedure, thermometry only requires a camera and a cold stimulus. It is over before you know it. As a result of its inherent ease of operation, it is a relatively cheaper tool to get accurate diagnosis.

Additionally, in a session of thermometry, you are not exposed to any kinds of harmful radiation as is the case in X-Ray Imaging. Instead, the camera just picks up heat signals from you. Your body isn’t exposed to anything.

Conclusively, thermometry is an effective diagnostic technique. And if you are looking for top quality thermometry services in Honolulu, Hawaii then you have come to the right place. Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff will give you an accurate diagnosis or prognosis in a fraction of the time you would spend elsewhere, hindered by slower and inferior diagnostic techniques.

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