Mammograms Better Than Thermography
I just went in for my annual mammogram and had to go back for more magnification views and an ultrasound. The calls to ask you to come back in always make me pause and wonder if this is going to be the time when I hear bad news. I had a breast biopsy2 years ago and the scar tissue that's left creates a area on the mammogram that doesn't look quite right.
My patients are always wondering if the alternatives to mammogram including thermography make sense. Thermography utilizes temperature readings to look for areas of concern that have higher temperatures which would be an indirect indicator of more biologically active cell turn over which is what occurs in some cancers. It sounds like a good idea, but in this case, thermography is not as good as mammograms and misses many cancers.