Breast Screening 101 for Dummies, or Most of Us

Dr. Carla Garcia, D.O.M.

“I am so confused about mammograms and breast screening, that I just don’t do anything. I don’t even check my own breasts because I don’t know what to feel for and I don’t know what to do if I do feel something. Besides my breasts are always lumpy.” If any of this self-talk sounds familiar to you, this article will help you to understand the different types of breast screening.

Thermography and mammography are two different technologies that detect different characteristics of breast tissue. There is absolutely no risk from thermography and it’s effective on all types of breast tissue; dense, fatty, breast implants and breasts of all sizes (big or small). Images include the area below the neck, the breast tissue itself and the underarms. It detects the increase in blood flow that accompanies cancer or other breast conditions, but it cannot pinpoint the exact location of a tumor. Slow-growing cancers may not produce enough heat to be detected by thermography.

Mammograms use X-rays and compression to detect dense areas within the breast tissue. The risk associated with mammograms comes from radiation and compression. X-ray images of only the breast tissue that can be compressed in the machine are taken. It is effective for fatty breasts and micro-calcifications, but not as effective for imaging dense breast tissue and can be painful for women. It may miss the fast growing cancers that are accompanied by changes in blood flow.

Ultrasound uses sound waves to bounce off of dense areas within the breast tissue. There is little risk, but it is mostly used when an area of density has been pinpointed on a mammogram. The sound waves detect whether dense areas are fluid-filled or solid masses. Self-breast exams check for any nipple retraction, secretions or lumps that are hard, rough and immovable.

At the Thermography Center, www.elpasotxthermography.com, we are creating thermal (heat) pictures of the normal vascularity of the breasts so that they can be compared for stability. No pain…No risk…Early detection!

Don’t Like Mammograms?

Dr. Carla Garcia, D.O.M.

None of us want to subject our breasts to radiation and compression, and yet we are advised to do just that, at least once a year. Mammograms are x-ray pictures of the breasts…or at least the part of our breasts that fit onto the compression plate. In a procedure that men would find barbaric if asked to place their genitals on compression plates for the purpose of screening for cancer… women willingly place their breasts on compression plates that are then squeezed together so that ionizing radiation is passed through the soft tissue of the breasts to create an x-ray image.

When I ask women why they have not had mammograms, the answers vary from: “It is too painful…” to “Why would I want to look for something (like cancer) that I don’t want to find?” There is not a woman out there who hasn’t felt nervous or a little fearful about subjecting themselves to an x-ray of their breasts.

Thermography is a way to image the breasts that does not involve compression or radiation. There is absolutely no pain or radiation from a thermal scan. The images include the area from the collarbone to below the breast tissue. So, the image includes the underarms where we have lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are often involved in breast disease.

Thermography records heat being emitted from the body and converts the temperatures to a colored image that is then evaluated by an M.D. Written reports are sent directly to you and to your doctor if you so choose.

Thermal patterns can reveal areas of heat that may correlate with inflammation, estrogen dominance or lymph congestion. Thermography can identify areas of concern that require further investigation. It provides the opportunity for early intervention and possible prevention of disease.

Our thermographers are female with experience in breast palpation and each person is offered a physical breast examination as part of their thermography appointment.

I was referred to the Thermography Center of New Mexico. I have been getting thermograms since 2017 and have been very pleased with the service and the results I have been given. I have had both the Breast/Full Body Thermography screenings. l like having the Thermography screening, because the screening is 100% non-invasive, with no Radiation or compression and with no pain and the results are written.
by M.D. by Mildred Voll

I have visited the Thermography Center twice so far. I have had both a breast and whole body scan. I love how noninvasive it is. I was a bit nervous on my first visit but Allison made me feel really comfortable and I was at ease almost immediately. The whole experience is quick and painless and I find the results easy to understand and informative. It’s become a must have health screening for me, especially as I age (44). Highly recommend it!
by Holly Grrl

Great experience, very thorough. No high pressure sales for treatments through their office. The whole procedure was easy and all of my questions were answered. Received a very thorough report and a copy was mailed to my PCP. I would highly recommend this company after researching alternative options in the thermography field.
by A-LW

This is so much better than getting massive amounts of radiation every time you get a mammogram. The technician is very professional and explains what she is doing during the thermogram and is very careful to get all the images to help the doctor interpret them. I haven’t had a mammogram in 4 years and I always dreaded that procedure. I have implants which are 30 years old and I was always afraid of a rupture from the mammogram pressure on the breasts. I will continue to get theragrams as the best.
by Martha Newberry

I had an amazing experience with DFW Thermography! There was no waiting which was awesome and Abbey, the thermographer, was very calming and sincere. I believe this is an important and completely safe procedure to have. It is so nice we have options. If I can avoid painful mammograms that expose me to xrays I definitely will!! You have a permanent customer…. THANK YOU!!
by Lisa Day

For those of you who want to know more about Thermography and particularly Breast Thermography!

What is Breast Thermography?

Breast thermography is a 15 minute, painless, no radiation, 100% non invasive imaging of physiology. It is a very valuable procedure that records temperature changes in the breast / body. Thermography is an excellent adjunct imaging tool for women of all ages and particularly useful for women who tend to have more dense breast tissue making Mammography less effective. Breast Thermography images the chest area up to the base of the neck and underneath the arms unlike mammography which only images the tissue that can be pressed between the two compression plates making it very ineffective for patients with small breasts. Thermography works for women with all size breasts and is 100% safe for breast implants because there is no compression, or radiation.

Our Dallas Fort Worth Breast Thermography Center offers detection and imaging of heat which is not possible with doctor examination, self examination or mammography alone.

Unlike other Thermography clinics, the camera we use at the Dallas Fort Worth Thermography Center images heat patterns and records over 80,000 temperatures in each image. One of the first symptoms of dysfunction is a change in tissue temperature. Thermography detects even the most subtle temperature changes. The temperatures in a healthy body are symmetrical. When thermography shows a temperature differential from right to left we will recommend that you consult with your health care professional for further evaluation.

We offer the most advanced breast Thermography imaging alternative in the Dallas Fort Worth area. We also perform Full Body Medical Thermography Imaging which is excellent for documenting unexplained pain associated with heat in any part of the body. Our Thermography camera is Class 1, FDA cleared medical device with a 510(k) clearance number K003332. Our reports are written by Medical Doctors.