Breast Thermography

  • Breast Health Screening

  • Monitoring changes from treatment

  • Identify possible inflamation / Infection

  • Identify Estrogen / Progesterone Imbalance

  • Identify areas of abnormality suggestive of cancer

  • Monitor post mastectomy changes

  • Painless, no physical contact 

  • ​Safe - No radiation

What Others Are Saying

"My Thermal Imaging experience was excellent. I would be glad to be a reference for clients if you ever need one.  I had a previous Thermal Imaging in Anchorage that was helpful yet not nearly as professional and thorough.  I learned so much." - Ciari J.
"For over three years I have received Breast Thermograms...I also feel that I’m a respected partner in my treatment, and my questions , if not answered on the spot were researched. This attention also demonstrates respect for me as a patient. I am pleased and grateful that such a competent complementary medical practitioner is in our small town, and I am glad to have a chance to say so! "- Patty R.

A Little More on Breast Thermography

What is Breast Thermography?
Breast thermography has been around for decades, and due to improving technology, accuracy and reproducibility has improved dramatically, even over the last decade.  Breast thermography is used primarily for three purposes 1) breast health screening - we can often identify evidence of estrogen / progesterone imbalance, inflammation, which is a factor in the development of cancer, infection and more.  Once identified, these problems can typically be easily treated.  2) Breast cancer screening.  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.  3) Monitoring effectiveness of treatment. 

The primary difference between imaging methods such as Mammography, MRI, Ultrasound (all structural imaging methods) and thermography, is that thermography is not a structural assessment. Structural imaging is looking for a mass or other findings suggestive of cancer; thermography is looking for the body’s response to a pathology, hormone imbalance, cancer, or indications of problems that might increase cancer risk.
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.  Some studies show a persistently abnormal breast thermogram is a strong indication of a substantially greater lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.  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. Even if you are not at higher risk, monitoring your breasts for inflammation which is a factor in cancer development and possible hormone imbalance, and correcting these problems, will aid is helping maintain improved breast health.

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.  In my opinion, the best results come from combining various assessment methods.  

Breast thermography is not without its critics (of course the same can be said about mammography and just about anything else in medicine).   Let us know if you have questions.  We encourage you to do your own research to help you decide if breast thermography should be part of your breast care program.  You are invited to come in for a free consultation so we can address any questions you might have, and if thermography will meet the need you are attempting to address.  Give us a call to set up your consultation if desired.

Here are two articles, one from a breast imaging specialist, Dr. Hudson and one from a gynecologist, Christine Northrup, MD, you might find interesting.  We have a free breast thermography book (download link below), written by our very own board certified thermographer, Michael Wedge, L.Ac.  is available to you.   

Mammography vs. Thermography  Thomas Hudson, MD
Christine Northrup, MD.
Why Premier Acupuncture for Thermography?

  • We introduced medical thermography to Southcentral Alaska in 2003

  • We utilize state of the art, high definition medical thermography equipment.  Better imaging means better assessment.

  • We have the only board certified clinical thermographer in Southcentral Alaska.
  • We include an appointment to review your thermogram report and address your questions.

  • 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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