Thermography, one of the most promising and legitimate diagnostic technology took almost 50 years to come out of the shadows of the conventional diagnostic processes to be a key diagnostic tool. Well evidenced as a screening tool, thermography for breast cancer has become a prominent imaging tool to detect if there is any sign of cancer, particularly in the women having dense breast tissues.
When it comes to conquering cancer, early detection is deemed to be the key to the treatment process. The early detection can significantly improve the survival rates.
As per the current estimations, 95 percent of those women who overcame cancer, early detections was the only support that ensured their survival. The people of the age group of 15 years to 40 years have been found prone to cancer, various health surveys conducted by the health groups in the US claim this. Being the most fatal and also most common type of cancer, doctors never recommend mammograms (one of the principal cancer diagnostic tools) to diagnose breast cancer in the women who are under 40. The part which is contradictory to the situation is that 75 percent of the women who suffer as the victim of breast cancer, are under 40 in the US alone. The medical professionals in this situation are left with no other diagnostic tool except thermography to detect the cancer cells at an earlier stage of life so that survival can be ensured.
How Does It Work?
There is a normal pattern of the tissues that are unaffected by cancer, while a predictable emanation of the heat patterns that seem to be abnormal are visible. When cancer strikes into the cells and tissues, the pattern can be captured through the ultra-sensitive equipment. When the thermography was in the primitive stage, detecting even the visible signs of cancer cells on the skin were unable to be diagnosed as effectively as they can be diagnosed today. The advancement in the medical technology has made the introduction of high-tech medical infrared thermography equipment that can detect even the small variations in infrared emanations.
Thermography earlier came in place as an attempt to limit the x-ray exposure which later became one of the most reliable breast diagnostic tools. It has come a very long way to be the mainstream diagnostic tool. No radiation exposure, no compression involved and, just 15-minute non-invasive test are the keys that make thermography a standalone diagnostic tool which both doctors and patients rely upon.