Premier Acupuncture

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1901 N Hemmer Rd Suite 208
Palmer AK 99645

Phone: 745-7928
Fax: 745-7939

Our friendly staff caters to the needs of those we serve.  We will help you every step of the way to achieve your health related goals.  


Medical Thermography

Premier Acupuncture Imaging Room

Medical thermography is utilized for a variety of imaging purposes.  The most common is breast health imaging and soft tissue imaging.  With soft tissue imaging we can see areas of injury, inflammation and altered blood flow.  Neurologic findings such as CRPS can often times be identified. Breast health imaging as an adjunctive imaging method can be utilized to help detect malignancy, inflammation, hormone imbalance and more.

Utilizing this information will aid in treatment and monitoring progress during treatment.

You are free to self refer for breast thermography, or your physician can refer you as well.  Soft tissue imaging requires an initial exam so the appropriateness of thermal imaging and determining what needs to be imaged, can be ascertained.  Please contact us with any questions.
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I feel strongly we can be proactive in reducing the incidence of breast cancer and increase your chances of living your life free of breast cancer. There are no guarantees that even if you do take all the correct steps in decreasing your risk you won't develop cancer, but natural medicine inclusive of Chinese herbal medicine, hormone balancing, lifestyle and nutritional considerations will offer you the opportunity to reduce your risk rather than simply wait and hope you won't develop breast cancer. If you are healthy, and specifically if your breast tissue is healthy, simple lifestyle changes and proper nutrition will go a long way to reducing your risk. Did you know many, if not most people are deficient in vitamin D and this deficiency increases your chance of developing breast cancer? The correct dose and having your blood level checked for 25(OH)D is essential. If your breast tissue is unhealthy (do you
experience significant breast tenderness, have fibrocystic breasts, fibroadenoma or other benign pathology; does your breast thermogram suggest hormone imbalance or inflamation, then your breasts are not healthy) then appropriate treatment using Chinese herbal medicine, enzymes, hormone balancing and other methods will go a long way to resolving this condition and reducing your breast cancer risk. I encourage you to be Proactive rather than reactive.
What is Breast Thermography?
Breast thermography has been around for decades and due to improving technology, accuracy and reproducibility has improved.  Studies show malignant pathology (cancer) produces increasing heat due to altered metabolic activity and new blood vessel growth.  Blood vessel growth is necessary for a cancer to survive and thrive.  Increased metabolic activity and vascularization produces heat which can be visualized by sensitive infrared imaging equipment.

The primary difference between imaging methods such as mammography, MRI,
Ultrasound (all structural imaging methods) and thermography, is that thermography is a physiologic assessment.  Structural imaging is looking for a mass or other findings suggestive of cancer; thermography is looking for the body’s response to a cancer, or indications of pathology that might increase cancer risk.  It has been suggested that thermography in some cases can visualize evidence of a cancer years before the cancer is large enough to be seen anatomically.
Thermography in Risk Assessment

In addition to looking for evidence of breast cancer, thermography is used to evaluate risk and to assess the benefits of proactive breast health improvement. Studies show a persistently abnormal breast thermogram is a strong indication of a substantially greater lifetime risk of developing a breast cancer. This has been reported to be up to 22 times greater than women with a normal thermogram.  Some studies also show that an abnormal infrared image is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer, 10 times more significant than a family history of the disease.  So why is this important?  If you know you are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer, you can take steps to address your breast health and reduce your risk. 

It is worth noting that breast density, reductions, implants (generally), do not interfere with effective breast thermography.  Additionally, there is no physical contact, therefore no discomfort, and no radiation exposure.  For additional information on the procedure, see the links below.

Important – Please Read

Breast thermography should be considered adjunctive to other forms of imaging such as MRI, Mammography, Ultrasound.  This is the FDA approved use for breast thermography.  Keep in mind the intended use of thermography is complementary to other forms of imaging. Thermography is not diagnostic of cancer. Thermography maps heat patterns which may indicate cancer, infection, inflammation, hormone imbalance, surface lesions and more.  Abnormal thermographic findings require further investigation, and as such, you should follow up your thermogram with your health care provider.  No form of imaging provides 100 percent accuracy.  Not Mammography, not MRI’s, not Thermography or any other method.  The best results come from combining various assessment techniques.  

Breast thermography is not without its critics (of course the same can be said about mammography and just about anything else in medicine).  

Here are two articles, one from a breast imaging specialist, Dr. Hudson and one from a gynecologist, Christine Northrup, MD, you might find interesting.  Hundreds of studies on breast thermography have been completed.

Mammography vs. Thermography  Thomas Hudson, MD
Christine Northrup, MD.

Why Premier Acupuncture for Thermography?

  • We introduced medical thermography to South Central Alaska in 2003
  • We have the latest, state of the art, high definition medical thermography equipment designed for imaging the human body.  The difference is clearly visible.  Better imaging means better assessment.
  • We have the only board certified clinical thermographer in South Central Alaska.  
  • We include an appointment to review your thermogram report by our board certified thermographer at no cost to you. 
  • Breast thermograms are evaluated by Dr. Mead, MD
  • We are able to offer follow up care for abnormal thermograms and can refer you to other health care providers familiar with breast thermograms, for further assessment and treatment if needed.
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