Breast Thermography has been researched for over 30 years, and over 800 peer-reviewed breast thermography studies exist in the index-medicus. In this database well over 250,000 women have been included as study participants. Some of these studies have followed patients up to 12 years. Breast thermography has an average sensitivity and specificity of 90%.
Studies show that:
- An abnormal infrared image is the single-most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer.
- A persistent abnormal thermogram carries with it a 22 times higher risk of future breast cancer.
- When thermography is added to a woman’s regular breast health checkup, a 61% increase in survival rate has been realized.
- Finally, when used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + thermography + mammography), 95% of early-stage cancers can be detected.
Hundreds of studies have been published in medical journals about the clinical application of Thermography.
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Thermography Clinic Inc. is a global leader in medical infrared analysis and interpretation.
Thermology is a highly refined medical specialty that requires many years of training and clinical experience. Our system of analysis is based on the Marseille Analytic System developed in the prestigious Institut Pasteur located in Marseille, France. Over the years, clinicians and thermologists in North America and around the world have made key refinements and innovative additions to the system. Today, it is unrivaled in accuracy and its clinical application far exceeds any other on the market today.
Our reports include both qualitative and quantitative data based on the statistical probability of risk assessment. Our methodology is based on internationally accepted and recognized thermological signs that have been proven and supported by clinical research and evidence over many years. The comprehensive data presented on each report provides you with information that is critical to your health and well-being.
The Details of the Data
The findings presented in our reports are based on 32 standard thermological signs and quantification changes that take place during the course of the examination. Each is provided with numerical values (scores), which were developed based on the statistical frequency of occurrence and the association with breast pathology. Scores from 0-29 represent relatively symmetrical and avascular patterns which are considered to be statistical normal. Scores from 30-74 are also considered to be within normal limits, but usually display some form of thermovascular patterns and statistically appear to be associated mainly with benign breast distortions. The higher the score appears in this group, the higher the incidence of pathology.
The Scoring System
The TH scoring system is based on original research conducted by M. Gauthrie, A. Kotewicz and P. Gueblez. This research can be found in a study that was presented in the Thermal Assessment of Breast Health, entitled “Accurate and Objective Evaluation of Breast Thermograms: Basic Principles and New Advances with Special Reference to an Improved Computer-Assisted Scoring System” and published by MTP Press Limited, Lancaster/Boston. In the establishment of our present scoring system (as is used by the Thermography Clinic Inc.), additional signs and numerical values have been added since Gautherie’s original research. Based on extensive imaging and clinical work performed independently of the original study, Dr. G. Chapman, Dr. B. Hobbins and A. Mostovoy, added these new signs and values.
Thermography’s Place in the Field of Medicine
A high-risk infrared thermography report of findings is not an accurate diagnosis of malignancy. It is, however, an objective evaluation based on the risk assessment and statistical probability of malignant breast disease. Infrared thermography complements rather than replaces the need for structural evaluation such as Mammography, MRI and Ultrasound. Having said that, a full diagnosis of malignancy is only made possible through a histological evaluation such as a biopsy.
Why Choose Thermography for Risk Assessment?
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