THERMOGRAPHY: FUNCTIONAL VS. STRUCTURAL IMAGING

Many people are familiar with structural imaging such as ultrasounds, X-rays and mammograms. However, they aren’t as familiar with the thermography option. Thermography is a totally non-invasive option for breast and body screenings. It has been FDA approved since 1984 and is used as an adjunct to mammography for breast screenings.  This rapidly developing technology is used to detect and locate thermal abnormalities characterized by an increase or decrease found at....

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THE SHERLOCK HOLMES OF HEALTHCARE: ULTRASOUNDS AND THERMOGRAPHY

Ultrasound imaging and thermography are important aspects in healthcare – they definitely cover more than babies. Many diagnoses and treatment plans stem from ultrasound and thermography procedures.  Ultrasounds are used to see internal body structures, such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs to find the source of a disease. Ultrasound works by using sound waves with frequencies that are higher than those audible to humans.

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SLEEP APNEA CAN BE A SYMPTOM OF SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS

Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is now offering home sleep study kits. You may be asking yourself why a diagnostic imaging center is introducing sleep testing. The human body is kind of like the old children’s rhyme: “The knee bone is connected to the thigh bone.” There’s more of a correlation than one may think.

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ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE WOMEN?


Many women who have a routine mammogram will be summoned back for a repeat mammogram and/or ultrasound. Have you ever been called back? If so, you know all too well the fear that goes along with waiting and praying.


For decades now, the annual mammogram campaign has been fierce and continuous as an essential way to protect oneself from breast cancer. Many women feel they are being reckless if they do not get an annual screening, said Dr. Lisa Schwartz, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. “For so long, we have been trying to convince people that you’re irresponsible or not taking care of yourself if you don’t do this,” Schwartz said. “People were hit over the head with that message.”


So on top of the barrage of ribbons on everything from water bottles to Tootsie Rolls, women are made to believe there is only one way or only one option for breast screening. You actually have more options than you think. Recent studies seem to have many women confused as to how often they should actually be getting mammograms and at what age to start. Due to this confusion, more and more women are putting off mammograms or spacing them out with several years in between. Others are choosing not do to mammograms at all. The reasons

woman make these choices are very individual and valid. However, the real threat to women’s health still remains: One out of 10 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually, according to the American Cancer Society. What other choices do women (and men) have? Let us tell you!


At Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography, we are very sensitive of your right to choose your health care screenings. We are not anti-mammogram – it’s the “gold standard” in health care. Some prefer MRIs, but they can be too cost prohibitive. We think ALL modalities should be available for you to choose. After all, having more weapons against cancer IS the best defense to cancer.


Let us briefly explain each option, including one you may not be familiar with – thermography.



There is no perfect screening. Mammography, MRI, ultrasound and thermography do not compete with each other. They all “see” very different things, making them all valuable for breast and health screenings. Let me tell you a brief story of one woman’s experience.


In February of this year, Mrs. X came in to Patient Choice for her annual thermography breast screening. She had no reason for concerns in her breast; however, she was faithful about getting annual thermograms. This time, changes were seen from her previous year’s screening. Any change should be further investigated. Mammography, ultrasound, MRI or biopsy are certainly to be considered. Our patient wanted something non-invasive. She consulted with her physician and chose a breast ultrasound. It was performed the same day at Patient Choice. The breast ultrasound confirmed the thermography changes and was able to give more details of the area of concern. She went on to get a biopsy and was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.


We have seen this happen many times. A woman decides, for her own personal reasons, that she does not want the “gold standard screening,” but she still knows how important it is to be screened. In this way, we have found breast cancers through thermography and ultrasound. It is extremely important to work with physicians who respect your choices. We encourage everyone to be informed, proactive and to take preventive measures for their health care.  

KIM DAVIES, RDMS, RDCS, RVS

With 40 years in the field of ultrasound, Kim Davis, RDMS, RDCS, RVS, is the founder and CEO of PCU, 152 W. Tiverton Way in Lexington. PCU can be reached at 859-554-7360 or at www.patientchoiceultrasound.com.

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