Body and breast screening
Breast Cancer Awareness
Take active care of your breast health with DITI -
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging
By Janet Van Dam LCH, Dip CIVAS, Member ACCT
Medical Thermography - Prevention and Early Detection
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for screening of the breasts or any other region, please contact Janet
Article - Breast Thermography – A radiation-free breast health assessment
Infrared rays were first discovered in 1800 by William Herschel and its possibilities were further developed by his son John in 1830. In the early 20th century infrared technology regained interest for military purposes. It allows you to see the enemy in the dark.
Until now, cumbersome equipment has hampered its diagnostic and economic viability, but current state-of-the-art PC based Infrared technology, designed specifically for clinical application, has changed all this.
DITI is a test of physiology, meaning: how your body is functioning, not anatomy like X-ray (mammogram) and shows the different ranges of temperature reflected by the skin, indicating processes that are happening in the body. DITI can detect inflammation, vascular and visceral problems and various pain conditions as an abnormally warm pattern. In contrast, a neurological dysfunction, a compromised immune system and accident trauma will show up as a cooler pattern.
In a healthy body, temperature patterns are more or less symmetrical, so anything that isn't, is worth investigating further.
In breast disease for instance, heat patterns that indicate the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis or neo-vascularity), could be the first sign of tumour activity and this makes thermography such an important tool in the early detection of breast disease in women of any age, especially those women who are under 50, who do not yet qualify for bi-yearly mammograms.
Mammograms cannot easily detect tumours in younger breasts with dense breast tissue and is therefore less accurate in this age group. For DITI however, breast density is not important and it is able to accurately identify activity in breasts of any age.
|Thermography has been used successfully in the horse racing industry for many years, helping to determine if the horse is fit to be ridden after an injury. DITI can clearly show the area of concern and the progress of healing.|
|Thermography does not only detect breast disease, it is also an invaluable tool in mapping pain. It can detect areas of inflammation (arthritis, slow healing after surgery, muscular problems, infections); nerve damage (RDS, Bell's Palsy); varicose veins that may not be seen on the surface, but are painful and causing problems; frozen shoulder; numbness and tingling in hands and feet; pre-stages of ulceration of feet in diabetics.|
Medical Thermography became FDA approved in 1982 as an adjunct to mammography and ultrasound and has been used extensively in human medicine in theU.S.A., Europe andAsiafor the past 20 years. The camera is in accordance with 2007/47/EC, required by the NHS and complies with EEC and USA regulations.
• DITI is first-line preventive health care. It is able to detect minute changes in the breasts which could indicate the early onset of disease. In contrast, a mammogram can spot and locate a tumour once it is the size of a pea, consisting of many millions of tumour cells, at a much later stage. Then it often is too late to make simple lifestyle changes and a woman has lost a lot of valuable time.
• There is no radiation involved, which could be dangerous for you or for the technician. Not emitting any radiation is especially valuable for pregnant or lactating women and women during / after breast cancer treatment, who do not wish for any unnecessary radiation.
• It is non-invasive: you do not need to be touched, there is no pain compared to mammography, where the breasts get squashed between plates.
• It can be used for women of all ages. Breast density is irrelevant for thermography, because it does not look at structure (tumour) but physiology (function).
- DITI is extremely useful for women with breast implants, for reconstruction or other reasons. Because your breasts do not need to be compressed, there is no worry of doing damage to them.
• Men can also get breast cancer, but due to their anatomy, a mammogram is useless for the majority of men due to their breast size.
• DITI can visualisea larger area of the breasts and their surrounding area than a mammogram, so it can see more. It simultaneously observes the armpits full of lymph glands, the upper back and neck area, areas that could all be affected or cause problems.
The importance of mammography is not being dismissed, it does have an important role to play in accurately localising calcifications(tumours), but DITI is unique in its ability to show physiological change and metabolic processes. It has also proven to be a very useful complementary procedure to other diagnostic modalities.