Thermography (DITI) is a clinical test of physiology. It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early stage of breast disease. DITI uses Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging technology to record and assess your breast health with no dangerous side effects. The benefits of Thermography (DITI) are that it offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than through breast self-examination, doctor examination, or mammography alone. It detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer or fibrocystic disease. Your doctors can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and/or monitor you during after any treatment. A certified Clinical Thermographer will record your history and take thermal images during a 20 minute private and discreet appointment. You will need two sets of imaging done approximately three months apart to establish a baseline of your stable pattern. Your thermograms will be kept on record and compared with your annual return to detect any changes in your pattern that may indicate breast pathology. Your results are reported quickly by certified doctors and include all color images taking during your test. It takes years for a tumor to grow, thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is important to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. DITI’s role in monitory breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.
Thermography increases your chances of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.
$250 includes the thermography scan and a 20 minute follow up to review results and make a plan to improve breast health. A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot. This is not covered by insurance but is covered under many FSA and HSA plans.
You will be scheduled for an initial scan and then a 2nd scan 3 months later. The 2nd scan is $200. This will set your baseline. Yearly screenings are done after the baseline is set.
Commonly Asked Questions about Breast Thermography:
Is breast thermography better than a mammogram?Thermography, in our opinion, is better than a mammogram because it is non-invasive; unlike a mammogram which uses radiation to breast tissue and can cause potential challenges. Breast thermography can give the doctors the information they need to know to help guide individuals in making decisions for their health and wellbeing. Depending on your results, you may be referred for mammography
What does breast thermography show that mammograms don’t? Thermography is a temperature picture, which looks for areas of thermal asymmetry. If the thermal picture is asymmetrical it can be an area of concern, such as lymphatic congestion, breast cyst, or other matter. Mammograms, however, are looking for changes to tissues that are detectible with radiation. Many of these changes would have showed up as an issue years in advance on a thermography scan, but not through a mammogram.
What are these forms that I'm filling out (in office the day of the breast thermography)? These forms help give the doctor performing the scan and the doctor interpreting the results the background information they need in order to help with the interpretation of the thermography.
How long does it take for the results to come in? It can take up to a month for the results to be received. When they do come in, we will contact you to set up a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss a personalized strategy for your health.
Are there any side effects when getting this done? Does it hurt? The great thing about breast thermography is there are absolutely no negative side effects of having a breast thermography scan. It does not hurt and takes only a few minutes for the doctor to perform the scan.
For more information or to schedule your thermography screening, please call our office at 330-682-0562
Thermography is a screening tool, not a diagnostic tool. It shows changes in breast physiology that can be related to breast disease but cannot be used to diagnose cancer or other diseases. Mammography or ultrasound are acceptable screenings to diagnose breast cancer. If you feel unusual lumps or have visual changes in your breasts, immediately contact your physician to schedule your mammogram. Conduct self breast exams monthly.
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