My Thermography Breast Scan ~ Scanning Instead of Smooshing

My Thermography Breast Scan ~ Scanning Instead of Smooshing

Let me start out by saying this... I am not a doctor. I am not an educated and or trained physician of any sort. This post is just my experience and thoughts concerning my first thermographic breast scan and should not be looked at as any kind of medical advice.

Now, we that being said...

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and take a seat. I want to tell you about the time I went for a breast exam. It didn't hurt, my girls were never squished or smooshed, and I came out feeling like I had done something great for myself.


My Thermography Breast Scan ~ Scanning Instead of Smooshing


I, like many of you out there, have breast cancer in my family. My mom was diagnosed and successfully treated (Praise God) for Stage 3 and Stage 4 breast cancer over 13 years ago. Ever since then, I have been getting yearly mammograms.

Each year I would procrastinate as long as I could to schedule my exams. I didn't like getting them done.. does anyone? Yet, I knew it was something that I needed to do. Early detection is what helped save my mom, so even though it wasn't pleasant, I would do it.

Take a deep breath, act like it's normal for someone to pull, tug, and smoosh your girls, and pray that the results would come back OK. That's what I have done each year until I learned about thermography.

What Is Thermography


My Thermography Breast Scan ~ Scanning Instead of Smooshing

According to Merriam Webster, Thermograhy is

a technique for detecting and measuring variations in the heat emitted by various regions of the body and transforming them into visible signals that can be recorded photographically (as for diagnosing abnormal or diseased underlying conditions); also :  a similar technique used elsewhere (as on buildings)

A better explanation, for when it relates to having a breast scan is

The use of Digital Infrared Imaging is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue. In an ever-increasing need for nutrients, cancerous tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels, and creating new ones (neoangiogenesis). This process frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast. DII uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of these temperature variations. Because of DII’s extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast (from Breast Thermography.com)

My definition would be this:

A very non invasive way of being able to detect cancerous cells in the body. Using a infrared thermal imaging camera, a scan is done to detect abnormalities in the heat patterns of the patient.

My First Breast Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging Scan


I consider myself a pretty open and honest person, but I do draw the line at sharing my own breast scans on the world wide web. I love all my followers, but you know, there are just some things I'm gonna keep to myself. So, you won't be seeing any results, but I will tell you about my visit.

My Thermography Breast Scan ~ Scanning Instead of Smooshing

On the day of my scan, I made this video.

As you can see, my first experience with thermal imaging was very positive. From beginning to end the whole test was noninvasive and as comfortable as one could be while having her breast scanned.

No More Mammograms?


As I said before, I am not a physician, so anything I say here is just what I am feeling and thinking at this time about mammograms vs thermography.

In today's world, with all our access to millions of bites of information, it can be hard to know what is truth and what is fake. I'm not saying that mammograms are bad or harmful to our bodies. I'm just speaking for myself, and at this time I will be choosing to do thermography from now on.

Now that may change over time. If something is detected and it appears that a mammogram may give a better picture of what's going on, then I may go that route, but for now... well, I'll just stick with the scans.

Where Did You Get Your Information?


Here is a list of the web sites, articles, doctors and videos that I used to gather the information I have. I encourage you to do your own research if you are interested in thermography. Ask around, call thermography offices and ask questions. All of this will help you make your own decision about your own breast health.

Those in the Medical Field:

Christiane Northrup, M.D.  ( article on thermography)

Dr. Axe (article on thermography)

Dr. VĂ©ronique Desaulniers


Movies/Documentaries


The Truth About Cancer (information on thermography)



What About You?


I would love to hear your thoughts about this. Have you a thermograph scan done? Have you been looking for alternatives to mammograms?


Leave me a comment and let me know!


As always.. Thanks for stopping by. 


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Comments

  1. This is really interesting as I have never heard of this method before...I would prefer this over the smooshing as that is always cold and my boobs always just depleted and sad. Interested to look more into this and see if my Dr.'s have this method in my area. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I have not heard of this either, and while I have yet to have a mammogram, this sounds way better!

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  3. Wow I'd never heard of this kind of technology before! It's awesome to see that this kind of thing is becoming better!

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  4. Thanks Liz. Yes, it's a really interesting technology and such a vast difference from getting a mammogram done.

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  5. Thanks Jodi. Yes, it is a much better way of going about it, but always do your own research. I'm not saying I won't ever do mammograms, but I will use them as a last resort now.

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  6. You're very welcome. I was nervous about posting this, but wanted to get the word out that there are other options out there.

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  7. I have not heard of this test either. I must be one of the people who do not think getting a mammogram was that bad.

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  8. I haven't heard of this but since I'm scheduled to go in this summer/fall so I'll definitely be checking into it!

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  9. thank you for sharing this information with us..

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  10. I never knew about this! Glad you told me about it!

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  11. This is so interesting! It's so nice to have this option and I'm sure it will become more and more popular.

    Side note: I love seeing the palm trees in your photo - I can't seem to convince my husband to move to Florida yet... :)

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  12. I honestly didn't even know this was an option!

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  13. I have not heard of this before, but thank you so much for sharing your experience, getting mammograms and detecting for breast cancer is such an important topic we as women need to know.

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  14. I have yet to go for a mammogram but certainly will bring this up with my doctor. Sounds like a better option than smooshing.

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  15. Yes, for me it was Chrissy. A much better option. Always do your own research but it may be something worth checking out.

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  16. Yes. I totally agree Abbey! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I'm hearing that a lot Carmy. So glad to be able to get the word out to everyone.

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  18. Ha ha. Thanks Kristin. It took me a few years to get my husband interested into moving here too. LOL.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Thanks Kim. It's definitely worth checking out.

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  20. Let me know what you find out. I'm always interested to hear other peoples take on it.

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  21. Thanks for putting this out Mikki! I have been doing Thermographic scans for about 5 years now. I have found them to be more comfortable and just as informative as mammograms. And yes they will recommend ultra sounds if they find anything of concern. And yes, you can have other parts of the body scanned. I just had a full body scan done his past year. Really a great non-invasive alternative! You are never even touched!

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