Understanding Thermography

What is Thermography Screening?

Thermography is a medical screening device for breast cancer and other breast disease using infrared detectors, commonly called infrared cameras. This procedure is non invasive and does not use radiation. It is complimentary to mammography and causes no harm to the patient.

  • Non-Invasive

  • Radiation-Free

  • FDA Approved

  • Compression-Free

  • Ideal for anyone who has undergone any surgical procedure such as mastectomy, augmentation, or reduction

  • Recommended starting at age 20

Thermography has been approved by the United States FDA since 1982 for the adjunctive screening of breast cancer.

Recent studies have shown thermography to be effective with 90% sensitivity and specificity. Currently no single imaging tool is 100% accurate in the detection of breast cancer including thermography or mammography, but when used together the detection rate greatly increases.

Beyond Pink is dedicated to providing information on breast thermography, risk assessment, early detection, prevention and ultimately the preservation of the breast and the survival of patients.

Digital thermal imaging is painless, radiation free, and non-invasive.

How does it work?

Infrared thermography cameras record radiant heat waves that come to the surface of the skin. When there are problems under the surface, our bodies produce heat. This happens when there is the presence of disease, inflammation from a recent injury, or when the body begins to increase blood flow to an area to fight off infection.

Source: Insight Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging can see the first stages of breast disease when it is only 90 days old and is the size of the tip of a ball point pen.

Most cancers detected by mammography are when the tumor is about 1cm (about the size of a pea) and contain over 4 billion cells.

Thermography can warn us at this early of a stage

  • 90 days: pre-cancerous cells

  • 1 year: 16 cells

  • 2 years: 256 cells

  • 3 years: 4,096 cells

  • 4 years: 65,536 cells

  • 5 years: 1,048,576 cells

  • 6 years: 16,777,216 cells

  • 7 years: 268,435,456 cells

  • 8 years: 4,294,976,296 cells

Breast Thermography is a preventative, painless, non invasive infrared imaging technology that can detect problems before they develop into breast cancer.


Normal Thermogram


Features are symmetrical, non-complex and moderately vascular. Mostly relate to benign breast changes; fibrocystic or cystic breasts.


Correlated with atypical breast process. Associated with 10-20% risk of malignant disease. Accuse cysts and adenomas are often represented here.


A “positive” thermogram with a significant risk 65-85% for malignant breast disease. Results may proceed other diagnostic testing by 5 to 8 years.


Designates a very high (approx. 95%) probability of confirming malignant disease. Further diagnostic testing is recommended.

Thermography = the best tool

80% of cancers are estrogren receptor POSITIVE (meaning estrogren fed the tumor)

Thermal Imaging is the only technology available to see the vascular effects of estrogen in the breast tissue. Breast tissue can hold up to 50 times the amount of estrogen seen on serum blood levels. Meaning thermal imaging is the only technology that can accurately see the effects of estrogen.

Young women tend to get more aggressive cancers. Because the tissue is so dense on young women, there is no other FDA approved tool that will allow them to monitor their breast health, thermal imaging fills in the gap.