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Traditional methods used to identify signs of breast cancer are characterized by a combination of both physical examination and mammography. While this approach has become the accepted protocol for early detection, breast cancer mortality has remained unchanged for 50 years.  This is why I incorporate an additional diagnostic tool into my practice. It is called Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging.

While mammography, MRI, ultrasound, and other structural imaging tools rely primarily on detecting physical tumors, DITI is based on detecting the heat created by increased blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes associated with a tumor’s genesis and growth. By finding small variations in normal blood vessel activity, DITI may evidence a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or the presence an early tumor that is not yet large enough to be detected by a physical examination, mammography, or other structural imaging.


Difficulties in interpreting mammograms may occur in women who are on hormone replacement therapy, women who are nursing, women with large or dense breasts, or women with surgically altered breasts.  These breast differences do not cause difficulties in reading Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging scans.  

               -- Fouad I. Ghaly, MD