Thermology: The Science Behind Breast Thermography

January 5, 2018

“Normal (non-cancerous) tissue has a blood supply that is under the control of the autonomic nervous system. The ANS can either increase or decrease blood flow to cells. Abnormal tissue, on the other hand, ensures its own survival by secreting chemicals that override these ANS regulations, thereby ensuring its own steady blood supply. Cancer can be thought of as being “off the power grid” of the body.

When the hands are placed in cold water during the breast screening, an ANS reflex occurs in the breast. Generally speaking, this reflux causes the blood vessels in non-cancerous tissue to constrict, but does not result in constriction of blood vessels supplying blood to cancerous tissue. The resulting difference in blood flow can result in cancer showing up as “hot spots” on thermograms.

Scientific signs and criteria established by the American Academy of Thermology are used to interpret thermogram data. Breast Thermology does not diagnose breast cancer; rather it detects physiological changes in breast tissue that have been shown to correlate with the presence of cancer or per- cancerous states. Breast cancer is only diagnosed by pathological microscopic examination of breast tissue.”

(Source: Dr. Ilya Nudelman, M.Sc., D.C., D.Ac.)

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