Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging “DITI” is a 30-minute noninvasive test of physiology. It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early-stage breast disease.
The benefit of DITI testing is that it offers the opportunity of earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast self-examination, doctor examination, or mammography alone.
DITI detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, infection, or vascular disease. Your doctor can then plan accordingly and lay out a careful program to further diagnose and /or monitor you during and after any treatment.
No contact with the body
This quick and easy test starts with your medical history being taken before you partially disrobe for the scanning to be performed. This first session provides the baseline of your “thermal signature”. A subsequent session assures that the patterns remain unchanged.
All of your thermograms (breast images) are kept on record and once your stable thermal pattern has been established any changes can be detected during your routine annual studies.
All women can benefit from DITI breast screening. However, it is especially appropriate for younger women (30 – 50) whose denser breast tissue makes it more difficult for mammography to be effective. Also for women of all ages who, for many reasons, are unable to undergo routine mammography. This test can provide a ‘clinical marker’ to the doctor or mammographer that a specific area of the breast needs particularly close examination.
It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention. DITI’s role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.
Current Early Detection Guidelines
One day there may be a single method for the early detection of breast cancer. Until then, using a combination of methods will increase your chances of detecting cancer in an early stage.
These methods include:
Annual DITI screening for women of all ages.
Mammography, when considered appropriate for women who are aged 50 or older.
A regular breast examination by a health professional.
Monthly breast self-examination.
Personal awareness for changes in the breasts.
Readiness to discuss quickly any such changes with a doctor.
These guidelines should be considered along with your background and medical history.