According to IACT - International Academy of Clinical Thermology - http://www.iact-org.org/breast_thermography.html, Breast thermography is a diagnostic procedure that images the breasts to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. It is based on the principle that chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in the normal breast. Since pre-cancerous and cancerous masses are highly metabolic tissues, they need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth and this can increase the surface temperatures of the breast.
State-of-the-art breast thermography uses ultra-sensitive infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution diagnostic images of these temperature and vascular changes. The procedure is both comfortable and safe using no radiation or compression. By carefully examining changes in the temperature and blood vessels of the breasts, signs of possible cancer or pre-cancerous cell growth may be detected up to 10 years prior to being discovered using any other procedure. This provides for the earliest detection of cancer possible. Because of breast thermography's extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations and vascular changes may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.
Breast thermography has an average sensitivity and specificity of 90%. When used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + mammography + thermography) 95% of early stage cancers can be detected. However, thermography does not have the ability to pinpoint the location of a tumor. Consequently, breast thermography's role is in addition to a ultrasound and physical examination, not in lieu of.
Places that do Breast Thermography
There are several organizations that offer referrals to places that have Board Certified Clinical Thermographers. One organization is International Academy of Clinical Thermology. Their website is: http://www.iact-org.org/thermographer_links.html
Thermal Imaging of Arizona
Daniel Perry -- Provisional CTT
Debra Bear -- Provisional CTT
1921 S. Alma School Road - Suite 315
Mesa, AZ 85210
Jayne Rayner Pro-Active Health Imaging and Clinical Thermography Associates
Jayne Rayner Provisional CTT
187 E Wilbur Road, Ste. #1
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Pacific Chiropractic & Research Center Infrared Imaging Laboratory
Redwood City, California
William Cockburn, DC, DIACT, FIACT, FABFE
Isabella Tracey Memorial Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. 90064
George Chapman, DC, DABCT, DIACT, FIACT
(Jayne Rayner also works with him)
Clinical Thermography Associates in Chula Vista, CA. 91910
Pleasanton Infrared Imaging
James Sievers, DC, Provisional CTT
Beth Y. Gordon, Provisional CTT
5737 Valley Ave, Ste. D
Pleasanton, CA 94566
925.462.2633 Expected opening date 7/22/02 -- Call to confirm
Anand Chaudhry, DC-- Provisional CTT
117 Los Robles Ave
Windsor, CA 95492
Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center
Gili Eliaz, Provisional CTT
7064 Corline Court, Ste. A
Sebastopol. CA 95472
Golden Gate Health Associates
Barbara Crouch, Provisional CTT
95 Montgomery Dr. Ste. 220
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
George Naruns, DC, DABCT in Tampa Bay, Florida
James Christiansen, PhD, FABCT
National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL.
(not on current IACT list as of 08/2002)
Beth Ann Connell, DC, DABCT in Utica, IL.
David Harris, DC, DABCT in Kokomo, IN.
Larry Payne, DC, DABCT in Florence, KY.
William Dudley, DC, DABCT, FABCT in Howell, MI.
Mark Osborn, DC, DABCT in Lincoln, NE
C. Duane Roberts, DC, FACO, DABCT in Vancouver, WA.
William Hobbins, MD, FACS, FABCT in Madison, WI.
Out of the United States:
John Keyserlingk, MD, FACS in Montreal
E.F.J. Ring, PhD
Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases
Upper Borough Walls in the UK
Michel Gautherie, PhD.
Biomedical Thermology Laboratory
Louis Pasteur University School of Medicine in France
Dr. Alexandra Boyd
Boyd Breast Health Monitor
Cnr Stirling Highway and St. Leonards St.,
MOSMAN PARK 6001
Tel 61 8 9385 0 938