One in 173 women will develop breast cancer before age 40, according to researchers in a new study released by the Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington last week. Scottsdale-based De Novo Scan is hoping to drastically improve that and other alarming statistics through thermal imaging.

De Novo Scan, which launched in May 2012, offers thermal imaging, a safe and non-invasive cancer/disease screening technique that can detect changes in breast tissue and other areas of the body up to 10 years earlier than a mammogram or other diagnostics… without exposure to harmful radiation.

Although the process has been approved by the FDA since 1982, thermal imaging is just recently gaining popularity due to more studies showing the long-term negative affects of radiation from mammograms. Additionally, last May the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force issued new recommendations that women wait to get their first mammograms until age 50; with breast cancer on the rise in women under 40, this is a major concern.

Studies show that by the time a mammogram detects a tumor, that tumor has been growing for nearly eight years and is about one centimeter in size. Thermography can detect indicators of a tumor years before it forms.

“Radiation accumulates in the body over time, so a person’s risk of getting breast cancer actually increases by two percent with each mammogram. That means that if you are getting mammograms once a year for 10 years, your risk of breast cancer is elevated by 20 percent,” said Tina Clemmons, founder and president of De Novo Scan. “We are committed to helping both men and women understand that there are options through thermography for early detection – even long before the tumor or disease actually develops.

How Thermal Imaging Works

The process of thermography, also called Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), is a simple test of physiology that enables the examiner to visualize changes in skin surface temperature. The visual image graphically maps the body temperature and subtle abnormal temperature asymmetries, which indicates potential issues so possible health concerns can be easily identified and preventative measures can be taken.

Clemmons says that while thermography is not a replacement for a mammogram, it is a tool used for earlier detection because it can detect inflammation and changes in tissue before a tumor occurs. Understanding the potential risk gives the client time to naturally reverse the condition and prevent it from becoming invasive through diet and other natural remedies.

About De Novo Scan

The company owns one of the most advanced mobile thermal imaging machines; clients can be scanned at De Novo Scan’s office or in some cases, at their own doctor’s office. A scan typically takes 15-30 minutes and can be done on one specific area of the body or on the full body. Results are read by a doctor with more than 20 years of experience reading and interpreting thermal images, and are returned to the client within seven days of the scan along with alternative treatment options.

De Novo Scan’s thermal imaging can detect much more than breast cancer, it also can be used to screen full cranial and thyroid, periodontal inflammation, back of neck, full back, stomach, visceral (abdomen), large and small intestines, kidneys, colon, ovaries, uterus and more.

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