Thermography is a high technology tool that specifically measures inflammation in the body. This test is particularly good for assessing areas of inflammation and increased metabolic rate. It is more effective and is significantly less invasive than mammography. Research has shown that the major mechanism involved with all degenerative disease is inflammation. Most medical testing searches for disease processes that have already developed.
More research is needed to know whether these tools may play a role in breast cancer screening for all women or certain groups of women at higher than average risk. Molecular breast imaging also called nuclear medicine breast imaging uses a short-term radioactive agent called a tracer. The tracer is given by vein through an IV and is absorbed into tissues, including the breast. Breast cancer cells appear to absorb more of the tracer than healthy cells absorb. The cancer cells can then be imaged with a special camera. A woman getting molecular breast imaging is positioned in a similar way as with mammography.
Breast cancer “Accidentally” Detected by Thermal Imaging Scan
The most commonly used breast imaging tests at this time are mammograms , ultrasound , and breast MRI. Newer types of tests are now being developed for breast imaging. Some of these, such as breast tomosynthesis 3D mammography , are already being used in some centers. Other tests are still being studied, and it will take time to see if they are as good as or better than those used today. A radioactive chemical is injected into the blood, and a special camera is used to see into the breast.
A woman claims she discovered she had breast cancer after she had a picture taken by a thermal imaging camera at a tourist attraction. One of the attraction's many features is the Thermal Camera, which was installed in and lets visitors see a heat map across their body. But Ms Gill's picture showed a yellow-coloured 'hot spot' on her left breast, and no-one else in the thermal imaging room had the same patch.