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We have written before about the possible limitations of mammography, or why more and more people are coming to question this method of screening for breast abnormalities. We have also written about breast cancer screening, and suggested thermography as a great complement to mammography and clinical assessments. For those who are confused by the relationship between mammography and thermography, and want to know more about how these two diagnostic aids compare, we have prepared a chart to highlight similarities and differences. We are also happy to answer your specific questions, contact us anytime to learn more about thermography.

Thermography

Mammography

A clinical diagnostic tool that assists in creating an overall picture of breast health but that cannot diagnose breast cancer.

A clinical diagnostic tool that assists in creating an overall picture of breast health but that cannot diagnose breast cancer.

Uses Thermal Sensor to detect heat and increases in vascularity with exposure to a cold room. Reveals possible organ disturbances. Growing cancer will alter the blood supply to the breast.

Passes radiation through the breast to create an image, revealing areas of great density that may be due to cancerous cells.

A functional imaging test that detects physiological changes

A structural imaging test that locates an area of suspicious tissue.

A test of physiology

A test of anatomy

For use in women of all ages

Because of exposure to radiation, recommended for women over the age of 50 when risk is highest

To assist in diagnosis of breast cancer and for use in monitoring the effects of treatment

To assist in diagnosis of breast cancer

Safe for repeated use.

Not safe for repeated use.

Involves light skin contact.

Involves compression of the breast.

Not 100% accurate

Not 100% accurate.

 

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