Commonly known as thermal imaging, Thermography is a procedure where temperature of the skin is measured by using a thermo-sensitive camera. Widely used for breast cancer thermal imaging, it is a non-invasive test with no radiation whatsoever. Apart from this, full body thermography is also used to detect any disease or deformity within a body.
This type of therapy works on a basic principle that relates to the increased blood flow and high metabolism of cancer cells. This means heat can be detected around the cancer tumor. Hence, a rise in skin temperature is clearly monitored through thermography.
How Thermography is Different from Mammography
- Thermography detects physiology (growth of new blood vessels), angiogenesis or inflammation
- It involves zero radiation
- Provides a larger view area
- Thermography can detect cancerous conditions in the breast at the initial stage
Studies have shown that an abnormal infrared is a sufficient indication of developing breast cancer. Women with consistent abnormal thermograms might be at a relatively higher risk for future breast cancer. Hence, thermography can be effectively used for breast cancer prevention.