If you want a way to screen for breast cancer without exposure to radiation and the discomfort of mammography, schedule a breast thermography appointment at Rejuvenate Health. At their office in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Moshe Dekel, MD, and Bradley Morris, DC, offer this infrared-based screening. To learn more about breast thermography or to schedule your screening, call the office or book online today.
Breast thermography is an alternative way to screen for breast cancer, but very few doctors use it. The team at Rejuvenate Health wants to change that. With this compression-free, radiationless screening, they give women a way to regularly screen for breast cancer without the risk or discomfort that comes with traditional mammography.
During breast thermography, your Rejuvenate Health provider uses infrared technology to scan your breasts and record temperature throughout them. The resulting image looks like a heat map.
The thermography allows your provider to screen for breast cancer because cancerous growths can cause inflammation and an increase in the number of blood vessels in the area. This creates an increase in skin temperature at the malignant site, alerting your provider to a potential problem.
Regular breast thermography makes the screenings more effective. When your provider knows the normal heat map pattern for your breasts, they can quickly pick out deviations. Talk with your Rejuvenate Health provider about the right screening schedule for you based on past screening results, your personal health history, and your family history of breast cancer.
There are a few reasons women opt for thermography over mammography.
While mammography requires compression of the breast tissue, and most women say it’s uncomfortable, thermography is a noninvasive, no-contact screening method.
Thermography doesn’t require the use of radiation. Although the levels of radiation used during mammography are very low, they can heighten your risk for cancer.
Thermography can also help you avoid false results. Mammography often results in false positives or biopsies that aren’t necessary. Mammography can result in a false negative when the cancerous growth is small, and the breast tissue is dense. This makes thermography ideal for women with large or enhanced breasts.
Hormonal changes also affect your breasts. If you’re taking replacement hormones or nursing, your provider may have trouble reading the mammography. Thermography, on the other hand, isn’t affected by hormonal fluctuations and is safe for use even when you’re pregnant.
If you’re due for a breast cancer screening, schedule your thermography appointment by calling Rejuvenate Health or booking an appointment online today.