Last week, at The Sarasota Healing Diva Retreat, June Drennon from Flordia Medical Thermography and Med Hot Thermography gave a fascinating presentation about why thermography is significantly safer and provides more and different information than a mammogram. She shared what to look for and the questions to ask when booking your thermography appointment. Like everything in life, not all thermographers, cameras, and software are the same. When it comes to your healthy breast journey—you want the best!
I invite you to join in on the session. Sit back, pretend like you are in sunny Florida and breathing in the ocean air, and put your learning lens on to get the most out of this article. The detective work begins now!
My Thermography Journey
A defining moment in my health journey and career was when I discovered thermography. My first thermogram revealed a big hot spot on my left breast, indicating inflammation and angiogenesis—the formation of new blood vessels feeding a tumor. Angiogenesis is present in more than 90% of non-palpable tumors and 100% in palpable lesions. It was devastating to see that things were not progressing for me. However, this gave me a massive clue as to why. I had some serious angiogenesis as the inflamed area had grown in size.
After several consultations with doctors and diving into endless research, I realized a huge part of the puzzle was missing. I was iodine deficient. My thyroid also needed support which directly affected my breast tissue’s ability to heal. I also learned the term cavitation.
I had an infection in my jaw due to an extraction that I had as a young child. Interestingly, that cavitation sat on the left breast meridian. “Silver fillings,” mercury, amalgams, root canals, and bad oral health can lead to breast cancer. Learn more about it here. Once I embraced biological dentistry, I saw vast signs of breast health improvement. This is why Essential #5 of the 7 Essentials System® is Embrace Biology Dentistry.
Education is everything!
Educating women on tools like thermography is a major reason I spend so much time providing insightful resources to breast cancer conquerors. You DO have OPTIONS and can customize your treatment plan to your specific needs! You do NOT have to go with the first treatment plan you hear.
In my book, Healing Breast Cancer Naturally, I outline five tests that women should get for very early detection, including thermography. They are all described in detail in Essential #7: Adopt Very Early Detection chapter. You can buy the paperback or instantly receive the Kindle version or Audiobook by clicking here.
Why Test With Thermography?
“Digital infrared thermographic imaging” (DITI) offers the opportunity for very early detection of breast disease over and above breast self-exams and mammography alone. Just like mammograms and ultrasounds, it is not 100% accurate.
However, thermography does not use radiation nor cause DNA damage which could increase your risk of breast cancer. Additionally, the poking, prodding, and squishing that is involved in a mammography exam is not only uncomfortable but may rupture small tumors if they exist, causing cancer cells to spread throughout the body. Thermography can also detect signs of breast cancer exceptionally early.
In contrast, by the time a mammogram can detect cancer, a patient may have had tumor growth for up to 8 years. However, a thermogram can spot physiological breast signs some 6 to 8 years before any palpable mass appears.
What Is Thermography?
Thermography is a non-invasive test of physiology. It does not diagnose cancer. It alerts your doctor to changes that could indicate early stages of breast disease. When used in conjunction with other procedures, you can get the best possible valuation of your breast health.
Additionally, this type of breast cancer screening is beneficial for people under 50. This is because mammography, a different kind of screening, can be less effective for that age group because of thick glandular tissue.
DITI is a screening test for all age groups. It is designed to establish a baseline (the patient’s normal thermal fingerprint). This is then used for ongoing comparative analysis (annual) to detect any physiological change that justifies additional testing: a physician exam, mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, blood work, hormone testing, or several other interventions. Prevention may also include treatment of inflammation, fibrocystic disease, lymph congestion, estrogen dominance, and more specific conditions like angiogenesis.
How To Find The Best Thermography Clinic
The earlier an abnormality is detected, the better the treatment options will be, resulting in a more positive outcome. And not all thermography cameras, software, and technicians are created equally. There are good, better, and best.
Below I outlined what you should look for in a thermography clinic.
The results are interpreted by medical doctors who are certified Thermologists and experienced in reading thermograms. The reading doctor considers all history and symptoms and the results of other tests. You can also request that your report be sent to other doctors for second and third opinions.
My recommendation: Ask if the doctor reading it is a certified Thermologist and will take into account your complete medical history and other test results.
This is the person who will be taking your scan. You want someone who is hyper-detailed and highly trained. They should take images from the front, side views, each breast individually, under both breasts, armpits, and the back. It is essential that your thermographer does not just look for cancer but also for imbalances that may lead to problems in the future.
My recommendation: This website has certified thermographers from all over the world.
I am a proud mom who has an amazing daughter Janique, who has been a Certified Thermographer since 2006. in 2010 she became an entrepreneur and began a mobile Thermography business. She now has 79 locations in the greater Atlanta area and various locations in Georgia and Alabama. She recently upgraded her branding and website to Erly Wellness. Her company offers ultrasound which is a perfect back-up to Thermography and Mammography, as well as “at-home labs” and wellness consultations with a certified nurse practitioner.
Another reputable company is Med-Hot. You can also visit their website to find a technician near you.
There is a vast difference in the accuracy of thermography cameras. Think of one person using an iPhone 3 (which was amazing when it first came out) compared to another using an iPhone 13 ProMax. You want a camera that does it all—accurately detect and identify thermal issues and irregularities related to inflammation affecting the vascular, lymphatic, sympathetic, myofascial, and organ systems of the body.
You want the software to be able to: digital zoom, a software-controlled focus, on-screen positioning tips, client questionnaires embedded in the image file, and upload the study to the server for interpretation quickly.
Finding a thermography clinic
- The American College of Clinical Thermology offers a member directory to find a clinic close to home. Click here to search by location or clinic name.
- If you can go to Florida (it makes for a great vacation!), I highly recommend a location under the Flordia Medical Thermography. Dr. Christine Horner is the Interpreting Doctor on staff.
- Dr. Christine Horner is nationally known as a surgeon, author, and breast cancer natural health expert. Dr. Horner also successfully ran a national campaign to pass laws requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction following mastectomy. She puts into policy what she preaches! To learn more, listen to this podcast interview I did with Dr. Horner HERE.
- Your Breast Cancer Conqueror Coach can also help you find the best thermography clinics in your area. You never have to do anything alone. We are always here to support you!
Lastly, thermography isn’t just limited to breast exams. You can have your whole body scanned! This scan can provide critical information for a wide range of potential dis-eases and health challenges.
Regardless of which type of breast screening tool you use, be it mammography or thermography, ALWAYS back it up with an ultrasound. No stand alone screening tool is 100% accurate.