Thermography is a non-invasive test that uses an infrared camera to produce images that record temperature and blood vessel patterns. The temperature of abnormal cells is higher than normal breast tissue due to increased blood flow, and this is what the thermograph picks up. Additionally, newly formed or activated blood vessels have a distinct appearance, which thermography can detect. Thermography is useful not only as a predictor of risk factor for cancer, but also to assess more rapidly growing neoplasms. Because there is no radiation involved, thermography is safe even for pregnant and nursing women. For those with sensitivity to the heavy-duty compression (equivalent to putting a 50-pound weight on your breast) involved with the mammogram machine, the lack of pain associated with thermography testing will be a pleasant surprise!
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