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
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.
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)
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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