Why Is Thermal Imaging Useful For Monitoring Your Breast Health?

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) gives women, and men alike, the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible previously with breast self-examination, physician palpation or mammography alone. ThermApproach is conveniently located in Toledo, OH and has hours to fit into your work schedule.

Thermography, also called thermal imaging, uses a medical grade infrared camera to measure the temperature of the skin on the breast’s surface. It is a non-invasive test that involves no radiation.


The use of Digital Infrared Imaging is based on the principle that metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue. In an ever-increasing need for nutrients, cancerous tumors increase circulation to their cells by holding open existing blood vessels, opening dormant vessels, and creating new ones (neoangiogenesis). This process frequently results in an increase in regional surface temperatures of the breast. DITI uses ultra-sensitive medical infrared cameras and sophisticated computers to detect, analyze, and produce high-resolution images of these temperature variations. Because of DITI extreme sensitivity, these temperature variations may be among the earliest signs of breast cancer and/or a pre-cancerous state of the breast.

Currently, detecting suspicious signs of breast cancer depend primarily on the combination of both physical examination and mammography. While this approach is the mainstay of early detection, more is necessary. Since the absolute prevention of breast cancer has not become a reality, efforts such as the addition of thermography to the frontline of early detection is great news for women.

Every person has their own thermal pattern (normally symmetric) that is accurate and static throughout her lifetime. Any changes to their normal “thermal fingerprint” caused by early cell changes (pathology) will become increasingly apparent. Monitoring changes over periods of time with DITI is the most efficient means of identifying subjects who require further investigation.

DITI is a non-invasive test. There is no contact with the body of any kind, no radiation and the procedure is painless. The scanning system merely detects and records the infrared radiation that is emitting from the patient’s body.

At ThermAppoach, we utilize sophisticated infrared technology and innovative computer software to capture the images in the form of an infrared thermogram, or heat picture.  All reports are interpreted by medical doctors that are Board Certified in Thermology. 

Before you can feel it, thermal imaging can see it. Please call our office to schedule your screening today.