Thermography advocates have long supported a collaborative approach. The American College of Clinical Thermography describes thermography as “an adjunct to the appropriate use of mammography,” not a competitor. The ACCT website states, “thermography has the ability to identify patients at the highest risk and actually increase the effective usage of mammographic imaging procedures.” Thermography has the ability to pick up thermal findings, changes in the skin that are due to early breast cancer, that can be found years before it’s visible on a mammogram. Women under age 50 have denser breast tissue, which makes it more difficult for mammograms to detect abnormalities. Breast cancers are particularly aggressive and grow significantly faster in younger women.
Mammography Vs. Thermography
- Uses x-rays to produce an image of the breast. Areas with abnormalities need to be dense enough to be see. However, if too dense, interpretation
may be difficult.
- Focuses on structural imaging and has the ability to locate an area of suspicious tissue.
- Early detection method, when breast tissue abnormality becomes evident.
- Cannot diagnose cancer. Can detect some tumors in the pre-invasive stage.
- For most women with private insurance, annual mammography screenings are covered without co-payments or deductibles, but it’s important to contact the mammogram facility and your insurance carrier to confirm insurance coverage. Also, Medicare pays for annual screening for all female beneficiaries who are age 40 or older.
- Uses infrared imaging technology to detect heat and vascular activity. Heat is compiled into a computerized image for analysis.
- Focuses on physiologic changes, changes in temperatures and vascular activity that could indicate abnormal activity in an area of the breast.
- Early detection method, when abnormal vascular patterns and temperature changes are detected, generally much earlier than tissue abnormality is visible.
- Cannot diagnose cancer. May provide the first signal that changes are occurring in the breast tissue.
- Generally not covered by health insurance plans. Some plans may offer some out-ofnetwork coverage, but you should check with your plan administrator first. Thermography screenings are eligible expenses for health care flexible spending accounts and Health Savings Accounts. The cost of breast thermography screening averages $200.
Thermography & Cancer Center For Healing
We offer Thermography screenings at Cancer Center For Healing.
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