Breast and Body Thermography

JE Block MD, PhD, FACP

J.E. Block MD, PhD, FACP

Oklahoma now has Medical Infrared Thermography. Located at 61st and Sheradian, Dr. Block is now taking appointments for Breast and Body Thermal Screenings.


Medical infrared imaging (Thermography) is a painless imaging procedure that uses no radiation, injections, or other invasive methods. It is a unique test that uses sophisticated medical infrared cameras and computer systems to image your body’s surface temperature patterns. These patterns of heat are altered when biochemical messages from within the body change the amount of heat given off at the surface of the skin. The test is painless, economical, FDA approved as an adjunctive imaging procedure, and requires only an hour of your time.

Thermography can detect indications of breast cancer development providing an 8-10 year earlier detection over traditional mammogram screening. Abnormal vascular and nervous system infrared temperature patterns can be seen on the surface of the breast with thermography.

Early Detection Means Life

  • Baseline thermogram at age 20

  • 20-30 years of age – every 3 years

  • 30 years of age and over – every year

  • Current statistics indicate that approximately 15% of all breast cancers occur under the age of 45 (1). Consequently, the above guidelines include careful breast monitoring during these years. With the addition of thermography, interval cancers (cancers that show up between yearly exams) may also be detected much sooner.

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer of women, and the risk increases with age (1). Risk is also higher in women whose close relatives have had the disease. Women without children, and those who have had their first child after age 30, also seem to be at higher risk. However, every woman is at risk of developing breast cancer. Current research indicates that 1 in every 8 women in the US will get breast cancer in their lifetime (1)

    It has been determined that no one method of examination alone will serve all the needs in early breast cancer detection (1, 2, 6). Thermography’s role is in addition to mammography not in lieu of. Thermography does not replace mammography and mammography does not replace thermography, the tests complement each other. Detecting breast cancer is a multi-modality approach using breast pap, ultrasound, and careful friction-free palpation. It is thermography’s unique ability to detect the abnormal heat and blood vessel changes produced by diseased breast tissue that allows for early detection (3, 6, 7, 8). Since it has been determined that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, we must use every means possible to detect cancers when 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 (3, 7, 8). If treated in the earliest stages, cure rates greater than 95% are possible (3, 6).

What Makes Thermography So Unique?

Thermography is an imaging procedure that uses no radiation, injections, or other invasive methods.

Infrared risk markers of early stage cancers that are missed by other methods may be discovered with thermography (3, 6, 7, 8).

Women who are on hormone replacement, or have fibrocystic, large, dense, or augmented breasts (6, 8) pose no difficulties when it comes to the reading of thermograms.

Since thermography does not involve contact with the skin, the procedure is quite comfortable.

Studies show that an abnormal thermogram is the single most important marker of high risk for developing breast cancer, 10 times more significant than a family history of the disease (5).

In the absence of other positive tests, an abnormal thermogram may give a woman an early warning that a pathological process may be occurring. By maintaining close monitoring of her breast health with the addition of thermography to her regular exams, a woman may have a much better chance of detecting cancer at its earliest stage and preventing invasive tumor growth.

What Does Thermography Have to Offer?

Some of the earliest signs that a breast cancer may be forming

Angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation, is necessary to sustain the growth of a tumor. Breast thermography may be the first signal that such a possibility is developing.

Individualized breast cancer risk assessment

Women with a family history are definitely at greater risk, but 75% of women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease. If discovered, certain thermographic risk markers may warn a woman that she needs to work closely with her doctor to improve her breast health. Monitoring with regular check-ups and thermography will look for improvements with time or possibly the earliest signs that a problem may exist.

About the procedure

Once in the office, you will be asked to fill out a breast health history form. The procedure itself begins with a 15-minute temperature acclimation period. During this time you will be disrobed from the waist up while in a special temperature controlled imaging suite. Once acclimated to the temperature of the room, you will be placed in front of an infrared camera while multiple images are taken from different angles. When you schedule your exam, please review the preparation information.

Our comfortable imaging suite
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Breast Screen $195 30 min
Women's Health Screen (waist up) $325 45 min
Whole Body Screen $475 45 min

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