There are 7 images captured in a breast thermal series in our offices. Once those images have been interpreted by our Board Certified Thermologist, Dr. Robert Kane, a written report is generated that indicates the level of thermal risk for current or future breast pathology. The risk rating for each breast is based on a scale of 1-5. A score of 1-2 is low-risk, 3 is medium risk and 4-5 is high risk. This risk rating is based on two criteria: How the blood vessels are formed in each breast, and how much warmer one breast area is than the same area in the other breast. Since there are no documented cases of symmetrical breast cancer in one women in both breasts in exactly the same spot, thermography seeks to determine whether the blood vessels and heat fall within a standardized temperature range. If there are multiple blood vessels in one breast that don't match the other breast, the risk level can be elevated, and if the actual temperatures in the blood vessel system/s fall above the low-risk allowances, this can also raise the risk level of that breast.
The top two images below demonstrate areas of concern due to asymmetrical patterns and heat, the last two bottom images below show the low risk symmetrical scans.
*NOTE: The Thermography Center of Sonoma County is not a treatment or diagnosing center. While these clients may have been imaged at The Thermography Center of Sonoma County with the images analyzed/interpreted by its interpretive service provider, any treatment and/or diagnoses obtained by the client were through his/her health provider(s).
Breast thermography offers women information that no other procedure can provide, and usually earlier than other technologies. However, thermography is not a replacement for or alternative to any other breast test or procedure. Breast thermography and other breast screenings are complementary, one test does not replace the other. All thermography reports are meant to identify thermal emissions that suggest potential risk markers only, and do not in any way suggest diagnosis and/or treatment. Studies show that the earliest detection is realized when multiple tests are used together, since every screening method can miss something. This multimodal approach includes choosing a variety of these methods: physical breast exam performed by a health care practitioner, thermography, mammography, breast ultrasound, MRI, and any other test ordered by your doctor.