What is Thermography?
Thermography is an imaging process that uses advanced infrared camera systems to detect heat patterns in body tissue. The modality may be used for full-body scanning, but is of particular interest for the early detection of signs that breast cancer may be developing.
In the early stages, pre-cancerous cells need a vast supply of nutrients and oxygen to accelerate their growth. This process of forming new blood vessels is called angiogenesis and may occur in tissues many years before the cells themselves become malignant. The abnormal heat pattern is one of the earliest signs of breast cancer and may be detected by thermography many years before the actual tumor is detectable by physical breast examination.
Thermography is a safe, comfortable, non-invasive and painless screening procedure, designed for women of all ages, with no contact to the body itself. Thermography is FDA approved and may assist both as an early warning of pathological processes, as well as a prognostic indicator i.e. to indicate whether or not the condition is responding to treatment.
Breast cancer risk assessments
The Tygerberg Multicare Centre also offers personal breast cancer risk assessments. To find out more about this, please contact us.
For further information on breast thermography in general, please click here to visit an international information resource.