How it works, simply
Thermal Imaging doesn’t look for tumors in the breast. Instead, it looks for the body’s response to tumors, which is far more accurate. Masses can be hard to find, but if tumors are in the breast, your body will respond.
The growth of tumors affects blood quantity and flow, which affects temperature, which our infrared cameras can detect.
Regions with altered blood flow will exactly indicate where the problem is occurring. Differences between the right and left breast also indicate conditions.
(See the Thermography Gallery for more images.)
Tumor of the right breast. Notice the red pattern showing higher heat than surrounding tissue and the white area, the hottest location, showing the site of the suspected tumor.
How Tumors in Breasts Increase Blood Flow
Remember: Tumors increase blood flow, increased blood flow produces heat; heat is detected on thermal images. But, how do tumors increase blood flow?
Actually, it’s pretty simple. Here’s what happens:
- Cancer cells need blood to grow, which means they need more blood vessels to bring blood.
- The cancerous cells emit a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) to simulate blood vessel growth.
- And then new vessels grow (angiogenesis), increasing blood flow and, therefore, heat, which thermal imaging detects.
Image of angiogenesis: growth of new blood vessels. At the second (middle) stage above, before the tumor starts spreading, increased blood flow will produce a “hot” spot on a thermal image.
This process begins when the tumor is still very small. Thermal imaging can detect the increased heat pattern when the tumor is small. When the reading doctors identify a problem in the breast tissue, they will typically recommend re-imaging the location in 3 to 6 months to examine changes, and may also recommend an ultrasound for comparison.
Because thermal imaging isn’t looking for masses (which have to be pretty big for mammograms to detect) but for increased blood flow (which the body does whether or not the mass is big enough to be detected), you have very early detection of tumors in your breasts.
And early detection saves lives.
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- YOU take charge of your health
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