The Difference Between Mammograms & Thermograms

Mammograms image the structure of the breast and thermography images the physiology. For example, an x-ray of your heart will show how big it is and where it is in your chest, whereas an EKG will show the function of the heart. Thermography “shows” the function of the breasts and how healthy they are.

Mammograms are after the fact; they can only see what is already there. They can identify a mass, if it is large enough, but cannot distinguish the difference between a benign lump and a cancerous tumor. A tumor must be fed by blood vessels and that vascular formation starts many years before the tumor begins to grow. The vascular feed produces heat which can be seen with thermal imaging. This is an indication that either your body is preparing to produce a cancerous tumor or the mass that is present is most likely cancerous.

There is a large margin between healthy breasts and breast cancer and it’s helpful to know where you fall within that spectrum. There are many factors that can contribute to unhealthy breasts such as dense and fibrocystic breasts, calcifications, lymph congestion, inflammation, thyroid dysfunction, hormone imbalances and more. This can lead to a possible unfavorable diagnosis down the road.

 It makes sense that there are also many things that we can do to avoid dis-ease but knowing your risk factors should be at the top of everyone’s list. With proper risk assessment, you can develop an action plan for improving your health or even reversing existing developments. Knowledge is power so the best thing to do on your journey to health and well-being is to take action! 

If your body was moving in the direction of developing a disease, wouldn’t you want to know that before the diagnosis, or would you rather find out after the fact? Don’t you think a better option is not getting that diagnosis in the first place? 

It’s important to know what’s happening so you can make positive changes to increase your breast health. Thermography is an excellent tool for you and your health care practitioner to help identify specific challenges and then monitor the results of the changes you make.

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