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Heart disease kills millions of Americans each year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD), which leads to heart attacks. One way to reduce your risk of CAD is to make some lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating, stress management and physical activity.   Physical activity is an essential part of being heart healthy. The American Heart Association (AHA) says you need at least 150 minutes of moderate....

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LATEST BREAKTHROUGHS IN BREAST CANCER TREATMENT

There are an estimated 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, a testament to the more than 25-year decline in mortality, according to the American Cancer Society. Still, 231,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and about 40,000 will die. Fortunately, there have been some exciting breakthroughs in breast cancer detection and treatment recently.

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Thermography is an excellent preventative health screening for men, women and children of all ages. Half and whole body screenings can be used to monitor therapy progress or regression of certain disease or treatments. Thermography body screenings may help with early detection of arthritis, vascular inflammation, joint or bone disease, thyroid screenings, fibromyalgia, RSD, abdominal pain, lymphatic and inflammatory concerns and much more.

What is Thermography?

You may be surprised to learn that thermography is not a new technology. It’s been around for 30 years and is backed by hundreds of peer review studies. The way thermography, or thermal imaging, works is based on how cancer cells grow. Typically, when cancer cells are growing and multiplying in a tumor, blood flow is very fast in that area. Increased blood flow makes skin temperature increase. This rise in skin temperature is what breast thermography is aiming to detect.  But we aren’t just looking at temperature alone; we can detect subtle changes in the breasts based on symmetry. We can see clear abnormalities in one breast in comparison to the other.


Breast thermography is a non-invasive physical screening. It is also "non-compressive," which means that it does not put force on, or squeeze, the breast, as is the case with breast mammography exams. In fact, thermography is done without touching your body at all. Some people are worried about the force put on breasts in a mammogram, so prefer the idea of a thermograph. Thermography is perfectly safe for women with implants or any type of breast surgery. It’s ideal for those with dense breasts where mammograms might not be able to see through the fibrous breast tissue. It’s also not age specific. Woman of any age can have a thermogram. However, this type of breast health screening is particularly useful for people under the age of 50.  

THERMOGRAPHY - THERMAL IMAGING FOR EARLY DETECTION

BECKY GAITHER

Becky Gaither is a Level 3 Advanced Clinical Thermographer and has been screening clients in and around the Lexington area for 7 years. Bluegrass Thermography offers breast screenings, half-body and whole-body screenings. To schedule a screening or for more information, please call 859.489.5000. SAVE 10% ON YOUR SCREENING WHEN YOU CALL BY 7/31/17.

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Do I still need a Mammogram?

We believe thermography should be viewed as complementary and not competitive to mammography. They are two different types of screenings and therefore "see" different things. In fact using the two together can be more effective. Studies have shown the 84% sensitivity rate for mammograms went up to 95% when thermography was added as a health screenings.


All with all breasts screenings, thermography has its limitations. It cannot diagnose breast cancer on its own; pathology in a laboratory is needed to diagnose cancer. So when a suspicious thermogram is seen, further screening using other modalities and following up with your health care provider is very important.


Until there is a cure for breast cancer we feel progress must be made in the fields of early detection and risk evaluation coupled with sound clinical decision making. Thermography fills a much needed gap in breast and health screenings.


Not just a Breast Screening

Thermography is so much more than a breast screening tool for woman.