Chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the surrounding area of a problematic area is almost always hotter than the normal breast. Since pre-cancerous and cancerous masses are highly metabolic tissues, they need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth and this can increase the surface temperatures of the breast. Breast Thermography measures the heat generated by the microcirculation of blood in the breast during this process.
While the FDA has approved breast thermography since 1982, the greatest developments in this field have emerged in just the last few years with the advent of digital photography and high-resolution digital imaging. What is extraordinary about these intricate images is that they are able to display patterns of heat and vascularity within the tissue itself. Patterns of heat and vascularity can reveal the earliest indications of disease while they are still in the formative stages. Thermography can also detect the presence of heat from an infectious process or from a pre-existing anatomical abnormality (i.e. lump) in the breast. Thermography is also the best way to detect soft tissue trauma or damage. It is a non-invasive, radiation-free, safe and painless process.
Thermal imaging has been an available medical test for more than 50 years now. Thermography is a totally safe, does not expose a patient to any form of radiation, it’s non-invasive, painless test with absolutely no adverse effects and with no contraindications. It can be used at any age and provides a diagnostic tool far superior to others in early the stages of some diseases.
“The January 2003 issue of the American Journal of Radiology presented the results of a four-year clinical trial that tested thermographic imaging efficacy in distinguishing between benign and malignant lesions on patients who were scheduled for biopsies. Researchers concluded that “infrared imaging is an economic and safe modality that provides physiological data about a lesion. The physiological view provided by infrared imaging complements the anatomical view provided by mammography… Thus, this … could be a valuable addition to the physician’s armamentarium of diagnostic tools.”
Breast thermography is not a stand-alone tool in the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. It is adjunctive. We cannot ignore the tremendous role of thermography as an early-risk indicator or as a monitor of treatment. When a thermogram is positive, a closer look at the patient’s diet, exposure to environmental pollution, toxins and lifestyle is in order. Clinical blood work, in addition to ultrasound and mammography, is essential. When mammography and blood work is negative or equivocal, thermographic monitoring on a quarterly to semi-annual basis should be performed in those patients with suspicious thermograms.
Changes in tumor angiogenesis can be evaluated and other procedures can be ordered to aid in the earliest possible diagnosis. Thermography is non-ionizing and safe – there is no reason to simply “wait and see” any longer. It is at this stage that a major decision must be made. We can no longer be passive but must become proactive with our health. The “wait and see’ attitude due to a negative or equivocal mammogram is no longer acceptable. With a more universal and non-political approach, thermal imaging can become a valuable early-detection tool that is indispensable to a patient’s healthcare.
We must use every means possible to detect cancer where there is the greatest chance for survival. Proper use of breast self-exams, physician exams, thermography, and mammography together provide the earliest detection system available to date. If treated in the earliest stages, cure rates greater than 95% are possible. ” – Dr. Alex Mostovoy, CEO & Founder of Thermography Clinic
It is always important to stay proactive and well informed in your own health care. In addition to your regular medical breast examinations, consider regular breast screening with Thermography, the results could change your life. Thermography is one of the best early warning systems available today.
Benefits of Cranial, Dental & Thyroid Thermography:
- To evaluate the functional condition of the thyroid structure. (Hypo or hyper conditions)
- Presence of inflammation from nodular formations. Appearances of oral and sinus infections.
- Detect ‘hidden’ oral infections.
- Inflammation from TMJ.
- Quantify post-surgical inflammation.
Hello, You have taken a proactive step towards maintaining your good health, naturally and in a holistic manner. Thermography is painless, no contact and no radiation. Margaret and I, are the managing partners of this clinic and we’d like to welcome you to our website. Also, do visit us and “like” us on Facebook: where we also post our thoughts, feelings, ideas, feedbacks and impromptu teachings. We encourage you to stay connected with us as we post upcoming events, updates, and promotions! We will be very glad to meet you and welcome you to our clinic. We’d like to reassure you that we are both practicing critical care and pre and post operative care nurses from the University Health Network who are enthusiastic in combining our over 55 years of nursing with a holistic and preventative approach in sustaining, supporting and preserving our good health. Early detection is important but prevention is the key!
The advantage of and early assessment of risk factors could be life saving. Breast Thermography is one of the best early warning systems available today. We plan to have not only Breast Thermography, but we would like to incorporate our teachings of good health, breast care, yoga breast teaching, and nutrition- for starters! For those who are also inquiring about Cranio-Dental Thermography and Total body Thermography, we also offer this service in our clinic. We will be organizing lunch and learn sessions in the future and we’ll have various speakers, advisers and specialists in this field to help and teach us. We would like you to come and join us and bring a friend along, or two or three or more! It is our desire to educate the women that we all have choices in preserving our health in the most natural way. It is our way of giving back to the community. So keep checking our website for various events pertaining the field of breast care and more!
“Early detection is important but prevention is the key! The advantage of and early assessment of risk factors could be life saving. Breast Thermography is one of the best early warning systems available today. THERMOGRAPHY is a non-invasive, radiation-free monitoring of breast health”. – by Dr. Mostovoy
If there is anything you feel that would make our service better, and / or to Book Your Appointment, or to purchase the “GIFT OF HEALTH” gift cards for your friends, colleagues & family, please contact us below. Or you can contact us directly:
- Margaret Bartnik, 416 919 7871
- Jane Lee 416 722 8108
The cost of a scan includes a follow-up appointment to review results and discuss recommendations. Payable by cash or cheque. NO OHIP, however, it is a tax deductible as a medical expense. If you have an extended health insurance, 80% of the cost maybe covered, ask you insurance company about this.
*Dr. Mostovoy’s personal reports take 4 to 5 business days to process.
**Same day reports are available for an additional $15.
Please note: 48 hour cancellation notice for appointments required or a $50 fee will be incurred. Thank you.
NO OHIP, however, it is a tax deductible as a medical expense.
If you have an extended health insurance, 80% of the cost maybe covered, ask you insurance company about this.
The following services are included:
Health Risk AssIessment, Thermography Breast Imaging and a Certified Doctor’s Report.
Breast/Cranial/ Dental/Thyroid Combo
$400 plus HST
$250 plus HST
Cranial/Dental Thyroid Scan
$200 plus HST
Upper Body Scan
$275 plus HST
(does not include breast)
Lower Body Scan
$275 plus HST
Total Body Scan for Women
$650 plus HST
Includes: Upper, Lower, Breast & Cranial
Total Body Scan for Men
$550 plus HST
Includes: Upper, Lower & Cranial
- How long does it take?
The imaging procedure, including the time to acclimate to the room will take 20 to 30 minutes.
- Is breast thermography safe?
Yes, it is FDA approved in the United States and has been used in Canada and in Europe for over fifty years. Thermography is a non-invasive test. This means that nothing is sent into your body. It simply is creating an image of your breasts by measuring your heat. There is no contact of any kind, nor is there any pain due to compression or radiation. In fact, there is absolutely no contact of any kind with your breast.
- Can thermography diagnose breast cancer?
No. Thermography, like mammography is a screening tool. Thermography identifies abnormal physiological changes in your breasts that may be malignant. Mammography, is an x-ray, as such it identifies certain structures in the breast that can potentially be malignant. With both Mammography and Thermography, definitive diagnosis is done by other procedures such as a biopsy or lumpectomy. Many of our patients come in after an abnormal “lets watch this area” mammography, and correlate the area to be watched with a thermographic image of the same area. If the thermography shows an issue in the same area, the patient will have more information with which to make an informed decision.
- Does thermography replace mammography?
No, we recommend that thermography be used together with mammography and other structural examinations for the most comprehensive screening and the earliest possible detection.
- Is breast thermography covered by health insurance plans?
No. As of yet, none of public health insurance plans cover the cost of Thermography. However there are more and more private insurance companies that may cover the cost of this examination.
- Have any studies been done regarding the accuracy of Thermography?
Yes, hundreds of studies have been written up in medical journals. For further information, please go to this page.
- Do I need a referral from my doctor?
A referral is not necessary.
- How often will I need a follow up?
This depends on the results of your initial examination. With no unusual changes noted and depending on your age, we will recommend re-imaging annually or every 2 years. If your test results show changes, depending on the level of risk, you will be asked to have a re-examination sooner.
- I have breast implants – is thermography safe?
Yes. Breast implants do not interfere with thermography. Breast Thermography is painless and safe, using no radiation or compression. It can be used effectively and safely for all women including pregnant or nursing women, women with dense breast tissue, and women with breast implants.
- Why do we plunge our hands into cold water during imaging examination? What is a cold challenge test?
You will be asked to submerge your hands into cool water with a temperature of (50F or 10C) for 60 seconds after your baseline images have been taken. This is known as a ‘cold challenge’ or functional test – cold water will lead to constriction of your blood vessels which is a normal physiological response. Another set of images will be taken for comparison and analysis to baseline. Areas of the breast that do not cool down normally or respond correctly to this basic test of physiology will be considered as suspicious and evaluated further. There are several physiological factors that may interfere with this normal cool down, one of them will be cancerous tumor that takes much longer to cool down compared to the surrounding health tissue due to its active state of metabolism. If the cold challenge test is done correctly it will yield consistent results. Some imaging centers do not do this, we feel to the detriment of their patients. To dispense with a test of physiology for whatever reason is a mistake.
- For more informative articles about thermography and breast health please read the following:
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Margaret Bartnik: 416 919 7871
Jane Lee: 416 722 8108