With a full body study from Insight Thermography…
Detect underlying issues caused by or related to:
- Breast Cysts
- Lymphatic Congestion
- Estrogen Dominance
- Generalized Inflammation
- Hormone Imbalance
- Fibrocystic Breast
A breast scan can assess overall breast health, including taking a look at breast cysts. Breast cysts are most common in women aged 30-50, but can occur at ages outside that range as well. For some women, breast cysts are hardly if at all noticeable, and for others breast cysts are a nuisance, and still for others they are unbearably painful. Breast cysts themselves are not necessarily dangerous, and oftentimes dietary changes and/or supplements can help resolve their recurrence. A thermal breast scan (breast thermogram) can help detect underlying areas of inflammation and concern, and after the breast scan is interpreted by a thermologist, suggestions and a plan of care can be established with the healthcare provider of your choosing.
Common symptoms of breast cysts include:
- A smooth, easily movable round (or oval) lump in the breast, with defined/distinct edges. The cyst/lump may feel like a grape or small water-filled balloon, but cysts can also feel firm.
- Breast pain or tenderness in the area of the lump.
- A breast lump that increases in tenderness and/or size just before menstruation.
- A breast lump that decreases in tenderness and size or goes away completely after menstruation.
- Discharge from the nipple. This can be clear, yellow, straw colored, or dark brown.
Lymphatic congestion is often an underlying cause of another symptom, and can be a precursor to disease. A thermogram can help identify where there is congested lymph within the body. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, lymphatic congestion may be to blame, and a breast scan, health scan, or full body scan can help identify where the lymphatic congestion is and help you to formulate a plan for how to clear the congestion and help your symptoms dissipate. Some symptoms you may experience if your lymphatic system is congested include:
- Bloating / Swelling in your fingers (you may notice rings fitting more tightly)
- Brain fog
- Issues with your digestive system
- Dry or itchy skin/other skin problems such as acne
- Sinus infections
- Enlarged or painful lymph nodes
- Feeling sore/stiff upon waking
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight gain (unexplainable)
- Injuries/bruises (unexplainable)
- Hands and/or feet feeling cold
- Worsening allergies
- New food sensitivities
- An increase in respiratory illness (colds/flu)
- High systolic blood pressure
- Excessive sweating
- Inflammation of the prostate
- Swollen breasts
Thermography is able to indicate estrogen dominance, which is an imbalance of estrogen levels associated with breast health issues as well as some other health concerns. Many of us are likely suffering some amount of estrogen dominance, because of the prevalence of estrogen in our environment. We are exposed to estrogen via pesticides, plastics, meat, soaps and other body products, as well as carpeting/furniture/paneling in our homes and offices. A breast health scan (thermogram) can help detect areas of estrogen dominance in the body and a follow up on the interpretation of that scan can help get you on the right track with some tips and practices to help you regulate the estrogen levels in your body, hopefully eventually aiding in the lessening or the resolution of your symptoms. Some symptoms of estrogen dominance can include:
- Accelerated aging process
- Allergy issues (sinus, hives, rashes, etc.)
- Autoimmune diseases such as lupus erythematosus, possibly Sjogren’s, and thyroid issues
- Breast health issues (lumps, tenderness, swelling, etc.)
- Growth of abnormal cervical cells
- Decreased sex drive
- Depression with anxiety or agitation/irritability, as well as mood swings
- Dry eyes
- Early onset of menstruation or irregular menstrual cycles or PMS
- Excess fat around belly, hips, thighs
- Foggy thinking or memory loss
- Gallbladder issues
- Hair loss
- Blood sugar issues
- Increased blood clotting
- Polycystic ovaries
- Uterine fibroids
Generalized inflammation often presents itself as pain or discomfort– typically in muscles or joints, and usually as a dull aching type of pain, or swelling/stiffness. Generalized inflammation can also contribute to a chronic feeling of fatigue. Someone with chronic/generalized inflammation may hold on to excess weight, suffer from depression and/or anxiety, have skin issues (itchy/rash/redness), have an autoimmune disease (possibly psoriasis, thyroid disorders, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.), experience allergies/infections. Fortunately, a thermal breast scan can detect generalized inflammation in the breast areas, a health scan can show areas of generalized inflammation through much of the upper body, and a full body scan is able to show areas of generalized inflammation throughout the entire body. Once inflammation is identified, there are different tools and techniques/practices to help reduce that inflammation and get you to feeling your best again!
Hormone imbalances can occur in men and women, and have varying symptoms. Certain observable patterns seen in the body via a breast scan, health scan, or full body scan can help identify hormone imbalance, and help to provide you with information on how to move forward to correct that imbalance and get you back to feeling more balanced! Some of these symptoms in men include:
- Fatigue and/or insomnia
- Weight gain and/or inability to maintain muscle mass
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Decreased libido/decreased sexual performance
- Brain fog
- Heart health issues
- In women, some symptoms of hormone imbalances include:
- Irregularities in menstrual cycle or complete absence of periods
- Weight gain
- Skin issues, including acne
- Hair loss or unusual hair growth
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of muscle mass
- Sweating (irregular or excessive)
- Memory fog
- Digestive issues
- Headaches or migraines
- Hot flashes/night sweats
- Low sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Breast changes
Fibrocystic breasts are relatively common, especially among women aged 20-50. Some women have fibrocystic breasts and never know it, but others experience symptoms like lumpy and/or rope-like textured breasts (this is usually due to small cysts within the breasts, swelling, tenderness, and/or generalized breast pain. Often these symptoms are worse just before a woman’s menstrual cycle and become improved near the end of the cycle. If cysts can be felt, they may become a little larger just before a period begins and decrease or resolve as a period ends. Fibrocystic breast changes can be painful as well as concerning, and any breast changes should always be discussed with your doctor. In general, fibrocystic breasts are a benign condition treatable with pain management as well as lifestyle/dietary changes. A breast scan/thermogram can help identify and confirm areas of inflammation/imbalance/stagnant lymph, and once you know where the issue lies, there are several options for how to improve and manage fibrocystic breast issues.
Thermography As A Risk Marker
Studies have now shown that abnormal infrared imaging is one of the most important markers of high risk for developing breast cancer. Far greater than family history. A Thermography scan can also become a marker of higher future risk, and most importantly it gives patients a chance to become proactive in their approach and work with their doctor to improve breast health. We’ve seen women detect cancer at much earlier stages by maintaining close monitoring of breast health which ultimately helped prevent invasive tumor growth.
Just like any other medical testing procedure, it is critical that a trained medical professional review your thermography scans and provide their expert interpretation.
In order to be able to distinguish normal bodily readings from abnormalities requires proper training, experience and a standard maintained by adherence to medical guidelines and protocols, in addition to detailed image acquisition.
When thermographic images are professionally, digitally produced and then interpreted by qualified doctors, those images provide invaluable information about your body that could save your life.
For patients with dense breasts, non-specific physical findings, or a previous history of breast surgery thermography can especially be helpful, drawing attention to areas the should be evaluated or inspected more closely and could lead to additional mammograms, ultrasounds or an MRI.
Since thermography is considered an adjunctive imaging technique it is often performed and paired with information from other medical imaging techniques to provide invaluable insights.
Currently, the general consensus is that early detection saves lives. However, this can be taken a step further when you combine imaging testing methods. Many other methods of medical imaging are typically only performed after an abnormality is identified during a mammogram screening. By taking advantage of additional screening methods, including thermography, patients and their doctors can identify early signs of pre-cancer and gain valuable time to take proactive approaches earlier on.
Because breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and the risk of breast cancer increases with age, thermographic imaging is invaluable for early detection.
You have probably heard the statistics that risk is also higher in women whose close relatives have had the disease. Women without children, and those who have had their first child after age 30, also seem to be at higher risk.
Every woman is at some level of risk for developing breast cancer. Recent research suggests that 1 in every 8 women in the US will get breast cancer in their lifetime.
Studies also have shown an increase in survival rate when breast thermography and mammography are used together.
Insight Thermography Of Oklahoma’s ability to detect thermal signs that may suggest a pre-cancerous state of the breast, or signs of cancer at a very early stage, lies in our unique capability of monitoring the temperature variations produced by the earliest changes in tissue physiology (function).
However, thermography does not yet have the ability to pinpoint the location of a tumor and is not 100% guaranteed to detect all cancers.
However, Medical Infrared Imaging’s role is in addition to mammography and physical examination and not meant to be a replacement of these screenings.
Thermography does not replace mammography and mammography does not replace thermography.
These tests complement each other and help doctors gain clearer understanding.
We believe in using every means possible to detect cancers when there is the greatest chance for survival.
If treated in the earliest stages, the data for cure rates are very optimistic and possible.