The medical community and many patients have expressed concerns over the recent changes in the guidelines for mammograms and women’s breast health. Greenville Natural Health offers thermography which is a safe alternative to mammograms for our patients.

What is a Thermogram?

A thermogram is the image created by a new imaging technology called DITI – Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging. This is a 15-minute non-invasive test of breast physiology. It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease.

Greenville Natural Health offers thermogram service to patients for only the cost of the exam in order to increase the chance of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. Our goal is to keep our patients healthy.

All Women Can Benefit from DITI Breast Screening

However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30 – 50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography.

This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination. It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention.

  NormalGood thermal symmetry with no suspicious thermal findings. These patterns represent a baseline that won’t alter over time and can only be changed by pathology.

 

 

 

Early Detection = Early Intervention

DITI’s role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology. The benefit of DITI testing is that it offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast self examination, doctor examination or mammography alone.

DITI detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and /or monitor you during and after any treatment.

BaselineBaseline thermogram showed a slight hyperthermic asymmetry in the upper right breast.
3 MonthsThe follow-up study at 3 months showed the pattern had become more well defined. Mammography was inconclusive.
12 MonthsSignificantly increased vascular changes. Repeat mammogram showed a small calcification (1 mm) at 1 O’clock. A lumpectomy was performed confirming a malignant carcinoma (DCIS).

What to Expect During a Thermogram

This quick and easy test starts with taking your medical history before you partially disrobe for the scanning to be performed. This first session provides the baseline of your “thermal signature”. A subsequent session assures that the patterns remain unchanged. All of your thermograms (breast images) are kept on record and once your stable thermal pattern has been established any changes can be detected during your routine annual studies.

Non invasive • No radiation • Painless • No contact with the body • F.D.A approved

Read about latest changes in guidelines for mammograms