Breast Health Screening

At Energy Health Center, we offer safe, easy, informative screening tests to aid in the early detection of breast health issues. Because no single method of testing can determine the cause of all physical problems, we strive to have the most cost-effective means for helping patients be more educated about their breast health and make informed choices for additional testing and treatment, if necessary. Digital Infrared Vascular and Thermographic Imaging of the breast screenings are conducted in the Energy Health Centre offices as an adjunctive screening to complement traditional breast cancer screening methods, such as mammograms.

What is Digital Infrared Vascular and Thermographic Imaging of the breast?

Infrared Thermographic Imaging has been in use in medical diagnostics since the 1960s, and in 1982 was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an adjunctive tool for the diagnosis of breast disease. Cancer and other diseases alter body temperature and blood supply, producing inflammation. Digital Infrared Vascular and Thermographic Imaging helps create a visual “map” of the heat patterns and vascularity of breast tissue. The thermal patterns detected by the camera’s infrared sensor are collected as temperature data and transmitted to the computer. The images are then analyzed to determine if breasts appear to be at risk for disease and if further testing, such as a breast sonogram or MRI, is recommended. Annual breast thermographic imaging is recommended for women of all ages and health levels. It is an adjunctive screening tool to help aid in the early detection of changes in breast health. Breast thermographic imaging is not a substitute for mammography and should not be used as a stand-alone test for breast cancer screening or diagnosis.

Since 2005, Joseph F. McWherter, MD, and Gayla Campbell, RNC, WHNP, have used Digital Infrared Vascular and Thermographic Imaging to help support women’s breast health.

Their experience with infrared thermographic imaging enables them to use this screening tool to help identify early characteristics of breast disease, thus allowing patients to gain increased knowledge and choices in treatment if needed.

Why choose Digital Infrared Vascular and Thermographic Imaging of the breast?
Thermographic imaging may be a useful tool for:

  • Women with dense breast tissue
  • Women with breast implants
  • Women establishing a baseline of their breast health
  • Younger women not yet scheduling annual mammograms
  • Women with a history of breast disease or with a family history of breast disease

Digital Infrared Vascular and Thermographic Imaging may aid in:

  • Detection of thermal indicators as they relate to infection, inflammation, tumor activity, or fibrocystic disease
  • Determining thermal indications of blood vessel significance that may require further medical evaluation

Since 2005, Joseph F. McWherter, MD, and Gayla Campbell, RNC, WHNP, have used Digital Infrared Vascular and Thermographic Imaging to help support women’s breast health.

Their experience with infrared thermographic imaging enables them to use this screening tool to help identify early characteristics of breast disease, thus allowing patients to gain increased knowledge and choices in treatment if needed.

What should you expect at your imaging appointment?
A breast DIVI thermographic imaging appointment takes about 30 minutes to complete. You will be taken to a private room where you will undress from the waist up and wait a few minutes to allow your body to cool to room temperature. Your thermographic imaging will be performed by a female technician. This radiation-free, contact-free screening is designed to respect your health, modesty, and comfort.

How do I prepare for a thermographic imaging appointment?
Because thermographic imaging measure heat, exposure to outside sources of heat and irritation influences the accuracy of measurements. Please follow the important instructions below prior to your thermographic imaging appointment. Failure to follow these instructions will require a rescheduling of your appointment.


 

Important Patient Instructions for your Appointment

At least 24 hours before your appointment:
Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds

 

On the day of your appointment: 
Avoid exercise, bathing, shaving, lotions, antiperspirant, deodorant, anti-inflammatory tablets and creams, and all hot beverages and hot food until after your thermogram appointment.
 

 

* Some services at Energy Health Centre are currently not covered by medical insurance. If you are unsure whether your service is covered by insurance, please ask the receptionist at Energy Health Centre when you make your appointment or sometime prior to having the service.

817-421-2922 (Colleyville) or 817-927-5111 (Ft. Worth)