At Vibrant Life Health Center, thermography is an integrative health resource providing thermographic imaging services to the Jacksonville and surrounding communities. We are unique in that our studies are interpreted by board certified radiologists with extensive experience in general diagnostic imaging as well as sub-specialty expertise in breast imaging. Thermography, also known as Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), is a non-invasive, painless screening technique that demonstrates thermal patterns present on the skin that may be indicative of internal dysfunction. There is no radiation or breast compression. Having a thermogram is as simple (and safe) as having your picture taken.
Current Early Detection Guidelines
One day there may be a single method for the early detection of breast cancer. Until then, using a combination of methods will increase your chances of detecting cancer in an early stage. These methods include :
- Annual DITI screening for women of all ages.
- Mammography, when considered appropriate for women who are aged 50 or older.
- A regular breast examination by a health professional.
- Monthly breast self-examination.
- Personal awareness for changes in the breasts.
- Readiness to discuss quickly any such changes with a doctor.
These guidelines should be considered along with your background and medical history.
Early Detection Saves Lives
DITI’s role in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. When used with other procedures the best possible evaluation of breast health is made.
Increase your chances of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. For more information, please contact Meditherm.
What is DITI?
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging ‘DITI’ is a 15-minute non-invasive test of physiology. It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early-stage breast disease.
The benefit of DITI testing is that it offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast self-examination, doctor examination or mammography alone.
DITI detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and /or MONITOR you during and after any treatment.
- No radiation
- No contact with the body
- FDA registered
This quick and easy test starts with your medical history being taken before you partially disrobe for the scanning to be performed. This first session provides the baseline of your “thermal signature”. A subsequent session assures that the patterns remain unchanged.
All of your thermograms (breast images) are kept on record and once your stable thermal pattern has been established any changes can be detected during your routine annual studies.
Who can Benefit?
All women can benefit from DITI breast screening. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30 - 50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography. This test can provide a 'clinical marker' to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.
It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. DITI’s role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.
Good thermal symmetry with no suspicious thermal findings.
These patterns represent a baseline that won’t alter over time and can only be changed by pathology.
Significant vascular activity in the left breast which was clinically correlated with fibrocystic changes.
Baseline thermogram showed a slight hyperthermic asymmetry in the upper right breast.
The follow-up study at 3 months showed the pattern had become more well defined. Mammography was inconclusive.
Significantly increased vascular changes. Repeat mammogram showed a small calcification (1 mm) at 1 O’clock. A lumpectomy was performed confirming a malignant carcinoma (DCIS).
There were no visible signs of abnormality. Referral to a breast specialist and a subsequent biopsy diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer at a very early stage.
The vascular asymmetry in the upper left breast was particularly suspicious and clinical investigation indicated a palpable mass. A biopsy was performed and a DCIS of 2 cm was diagnosed.
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