Breast Thermography in Grand Rapids, MI.
The doctors at Breton Village Pediatric and Family Medicine provide Breast Thermography. A noninvasive and painless test that can detect the early signs of breast cancer. For more information call us at (616) 202-3045 We are located at 2460 Burton St SE #300 Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Thermography is a revolutionary diagnostic tool that’s safe in detecting hidden inflamation. Breast Thermography is one of the best early warning screenings available today for your breast health awareness.
As part of a woman’s annual health screening, it is safe for women of all ages. Thermography is able to screen hard to reach areas such as the axilla (arm pits) and upper chest area. Once a breast baseline image is established, thermography will be able to detect physiological changes over time.
It is particular useful for women who:
- Have dense breast tissue or larger breasts
- Are uncomfortable with breast compression or pain associated with mammograms
- Have had surgical breast reductions or implants
- Have undergone mastectomy
- Are pregnant or nursing
If your breast health falls in one of the catagories mentioned above Breast Thermography may be for you!
Cancer the #1 Killer
You may not realize that cancer is now the disease most likely to lead to your death. It passed heart disease as the #1 killer a number of years ago. If you are a woman, breast cancer is the type of cancer you are most likely to get. There are many approaches you can take to prevent breast cancer (or any cancer), including the dietary changes and lifestyle modifications advocated at our office.
However, if you already have breast cancer — even in the early hidden stages — you need a radically different strategy, since the cancer could kill you before your dietary and other changes take effect. Let me say this about mammograms: you may think they are the ideal screening tool to give you a warning stage before the cancer becomes far more difficult to treat. Unfortunately…
Mammograms Can Actually INCREASE Your Risk of Breast Cancer
That’s why I don’t routinely recommend mammograms, despite what you may hear from other medical sources. They expose your body to radiation that can be 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray — this makes you vulnerable unnecessarily to further risks of radiation-induced cancer. Additionally, mammography compresses the breasts tightly (and often painfully), which could lead to a lethal spread of any existing malignant cells.
There is no solid evidence that mammograms save lives. In fact, research demonstrates that adding an annual mammogram to a careful physical examination of the breasts does not improve breast cancer survival rates over getting the physical examination alone.
The Newest Safe Cancer Screening Tool
Fortunately, you now have some very effective options based on finding inflammation — the precursor of many types of cancers.
For the longest time, it wasn’t well-known that inflammation was the culprit responsible for many chronic diseases. However, many physicians like me now recognize that inflammation is a precursor to many diseases, such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.
And here’s some good news: early detection of inflammation may help you prevent many negative health conditions from developing.
And while you can reduce inflammation with dietary changes, nutritional supplements, antioxidants, detoxification, stress reduction, and more.
Here’s my diagnostic recommendation:
Find Out If You Have Inflammation Before it Becomes a Major Problem
Although this information is of particular interest to you if you’re a woman, men will also find it extremely helpful.
There’s a new diagnostic high-tech tool that I’ve recently welcomed to my clinic, Breton Village Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and it specifically measures inflammation.
It’s called thermal imaging or thermography. This tool creates a digital map of your body that illustrates heat patterns — patterns that may detect some condition or abnormality. It uses a scanning-type infrared camera that measures your body surface temperature, presenting the information as a digitized image.
These thermal images (called thermograms) are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in your body. Additionally, since your body is thermally symmetrical if normal, thermal asymmetries can indicate problems.
Additionally, thermograms provides:
- Reliable and accurate information for diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
- Precise and objective data from accurate measurements of thermal information.
- Considerable financial savings over conventional imaging options such as mammograms or breast MRI imaging.
And unlike most diagnostic tests, thermal imaging is:
- Not painful (completely pain free)
- Quick – your multi-image exams usually take less than 20 minutes
- Makes no contact with your body — with no body part compression (such as what you experience with mammograms)
- Emits absolutely NO radiation
So that leads you to wonder…
“How Can Thermography Really Help Me?”
If you’re wondering how this new diagnostic system will specifically help you better achieve your health goals, let me reassure you:
There are a number of areas in which thermography will help you better understand your body. But thermography specializes in:
- Breast imaging
- Painless diagnosis
- Early-stage disease detection
Yes, it’s true. Thermograms provide you with early diagnosis and treatment assistance for problems such as cancer, inflammatory processes, neurological and vascular dysfunction and musculoskeletal injury
“But How are Thermographs Different From Mammograms?”
Mammograms look at anatomical changes in the breasts, as they detect masses or lumps in the breast tissue. Mammograms compare the tissue density of the breast to the density of other areas that may or may not be of concern. In women with dense breasts a suspicious breast mass may not be detected for some time since the density of the abnormal mass is similar to the surrounding normal dense breast tissue.
On the other hand thermograms look at vascular changes in the breast as they detect blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetry. This is a physiological look at breast health instead of an anatomical look at the breasts. These physiological changes may be seen much earlier than anatomical changes.
Thermograms benefit all women. They may be particularly useful for younger women who want to monitor their breast health before the recommended age of 40 to 50. Actually, your breast cancer prevention should start as early as possible.
If you are a woman, you need to take your breast health seriously one in Eight Women Will Get Breast Cancer!
Proper breast self-examination, physician exams and now thermography together provide you with the earliest detection program available.
The benefit of this new technology — digital infrared thermal imaging — is that thermal imaging detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic changes, an infection or a vascular disease.
The first session provides the baseline of your “thermal signature.”
And annual thermograms allow you to map changes in your body’s heat patterns over time. They can alert you to any deviations from your normal. Mapping your health annually helps you detect changes, often long before disease develops.
Here’s What Happens When You Get a Thermogram
Here are the simple steps you’ll follow when you get a thermogram:
Step 1: You sit in a temperature-controlled room to allow your body to cool from any external conditions. At that time, you’ll complete some simple paperwork, including a health survey.
Step 2: You’re positioned in front of a Thermal Imaging Camera, and the technician takes digital pictures (10 -15 minutes). You will be able to see yourself “live” on the computer screen, which can help give you a better understanding of your body.
Step 3: Your pictures are sent out to a certified physician for analysis of (1) the amount of heat and (2) the symmetry of the heat patterns. Heat patterns may indicate inflammation, infection or a variance from your body’s normal temperature. The entire appointment will last no more than 30 minutes.
Our office partners with Therma-Scan to interpret your individual thermogram results. Therma-Scan is the world leader in breast thermal imaging.
Step 4: You’ll receive a detailed report of findings in the mail shortly thereafter. This will help you and your doctor determine any next steps. We also provide recommendations for ways to reduce inflammation, if present, and provide personal health coaching programs if desired.
Step 5: We recommend you return for thermograms annually, or as recommended in your specific report, to monitor your health and watch for changes. Since everybody’s body is different, the best way to detect problems is to measure changes from your own body’s norm.
Not Just Some Experimental Tool
If you’ve never heard of thermography, you may wonder how credible it is. Let me assure you that this technology and manufacturer is well established as the market leader in clinical thermography — with the largest network of thermography systems installed in the world.
Your scans are actually analyzed and reviewed by certified clinicians who’ve specialized in thermography and have interpreted thousands of thermal scans.
So you can rest assured this is a legitimate tool for helping you gain your best health possible.
Take The Next Step to Prevent Disease from Gaining a Foothold!
Please avoid the following on the day of your thermogram: heavy exercise, deodorants, spicy foods, hot beverages, body creams and lotions, gum chewing and tight-fitting clothing. If you have had a recent sun burn to your chest area we would suggest rescheduling your thermogram.
It’s been my nature not to over-prescribe too many diagnostic tools, tests or procedures; because many of these do nothing to help you prevent disease and enhance your health and wellness.
So you know that when I endorse thermography, I’ve looked long and hard at the benefits to you — and found them significant. Even if you’re feeling OK today, it’s good to have a baseline thermogram done now, so you’ll have something to compare to if anything ever develops down the road.
And if you’re female, please don’t go the mammogram route. Consider thermography part of your annual health prevention regimen.
What About Men?
Although we don’t think of breast cancer as a health concern for men it is a significant issue. Thermography is just effective for detecting changes suspicious for breast cancer in men as it is for women. The process is exactly the same as for a woman.
If you’re a male and concerened about your breast health consider having a thermogram. Thermography is for men too!
“The FDA is unaware of any valid scientific evidence showing that thermography, when used alone, is effective in screening for breast cancer.”
“The FDA states that mammography is still the most effective screening method for detecting breast cancer in its early, most treatable stages. The FDA also states that thermography devices should not be used as a stand-alone method for breast cancer screening or diagnosis.”
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.