We chat with a local expert about a new way to monitor breast and body health based on thermal changes.
A heat map of your health?
That’s essentially what thermography is and it’s gaining momentum in the healthcare field as an effective adjunctive screening tool.
“Infrared cameras measure radiation in the infrared electromagnetic emissions. Like the sun, our human body emits infrared heat. The sensors on the thermal camera read varying degrees of this infrared emittance and with precise calibration, translates it into a temperature reading,” says Caitlin Wells, a PACT Certified Thermography Technician. “The information is then plotted in a digital format in a rainbow color palette that shows hot measurements as red and white and cold as magenta and black. These patterns are analyzed and physiological assessments are made. Comparative exams can create a baseline for monitoring breast and body health based on thermal changes.”
According to Wells, there are three kinds of Thermography used through her practice are:
After your screenings are done, they will be sent to the team of Clinical Thermologists. Wells says she sends her client results to Dr. Alexander Sepper, MD, PhD and OBGYN, who has over 35 years of clinical and research experience. “You will get back a full report written after the three-tier interpretation process is complete. You can schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me to go over the report in general,” she says. “Included is a non-medical consultation where I am happy to go over the report with you, help you understand the terminology in the report and support you in next steps. Separately, members of our Interpretation team are available for consultations as well.”
Wells currently works as a practitioner on her own, but she has multiple locations she works with and she also works along with other businesses to raise awareness of Thermography. Her main lab is located in Blue Ash at the Blatman Health and Wellness Center.
Thermography is unique because it looks at the physiology of the body. “It gives valuable information to you and your health practitioners who are your allies helping you solve the mysteries of your body. It can be very empowering to you as an individual,” she says. “My clients have shared that they’ve experienced feeling comfortable during the process with me as their technician and that it’s easy and I made it feel like time flew by! It’s no touch, painless and they have privacy behind curtains the entire time. Many of my clients schedule their annual scans for their birthdays and they’ve made it a celebration of self-care.”
Wells defines success by using the scans to change the way people live. Through the scans, they notice that even the smallest changes people make can make a difference in their scan. “When they come in for their follow up scans and they have made tremendous strides in changing their results, it’s incredibly encouraging and empowering to see the changes and evidence of the investment they’ve made in themselves,” she says.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Surgery performed at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell, “The results showed Thermography to accurately identify 97 percent of cancers when compared to mammography,” Wells says, adding that this heavily affects women under the age of 40. “There are 20,000 cases of breast cancer in the age group women from 20-40 each year in the US,” she says. “When cancer occurs in younger woman, it is usually a much more aggressive form and less likely to respond to treatment. There is currently no routine screening test for women under 40. As time goes on, it is the hope that Thermography may help fill this void.”
The mission of her practice is “to provide people with the opportunity to be proactive about their wellness, to aid in the early detection of breast cancer and help save lives,” she says.
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