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|About||To educate and provide thermography as an adjunct in the standard of care for breast health as well as the whole body.|
|Mission||To educate and provide thermography as an adjunct in the standard of care for breast health screening as part of an early detection program which gives women of all ages the opportunity to increase their chances of detecting breast disease at an early stage. Additionally to add Thermography as a standard of care for the whole body.|
Q. What is DITI?
A. DITI or “Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging” is an imaging technique for measuring and displaying body temperature. It is a key diagnostic tool in the detection of disease, injury and infection. There is a high degree of thermal symmetry in a normal healthy body. Subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries can be easily identified that may be attributed to pathology or dysfunction.
Q. What role does DITI play in breast health?
A. DITI’s purpose in breast cancer and other breast disorders is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology and the establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. Thermography has the ability to show the vascular and lymphatic changes within breast tissue associated with developing pathology often before they are detectable with other standard structural testing.
Q. Who should have this test?
A. DITI is especially appropriate in women ages 30-50 where breast cancers grow significantly faster and denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to pick up suspicious lesions. This test can provide a clinical marker to the doctor that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination. Thermography is designed to improve chances for detecting fast-growing, active tumors in the intervals between mammographic screenings or when mammography is not indicated by screening guidelines for women less than 50 years of age; however women over the age of 50 can certainly benefit from annual thermography screenings as well.
Q. Is a thermal scan different than a mammogram or ultrasound?
A. Yes. Unlike mammography and ultrasound, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a test of physiology and function. Mammography and ultrasound are tests of anatomy and structure. A mammogram, ultrasound, or DITI cannot diagnose cancer. This is possible only through a biopsy. When DITI, mammograms, ultrasounds, and clinical exams are used together, the best possible evaluation of