De Novo Scan, a clinical thermal imaging company, had its grand opening ceremony for their new location in Scottsdale on Tuesday, July 23. Mayor Lane was present, along with Tina Clemmons, the president/founder. A demonstration of the equipment was available for attendees and media to experience the thermography technology.

De Novo Scan’s mission is to help women find breast disease/cancer earlier and without the use of harmful radiation. They also desire to help make the “1 in every 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer” statistic a broader ratio. There are approximately 55,000 women in Scottsdale between the ages of 18 and 40, and De Novo Scan is eager to reach these women to educate them about this invaluable breast-cancer-screening tool.

De Novo Scan uses clinical thermography for breast screenings to detect certain breast abnormalities that can be seen 8 to 10 years prior to being discovered by mammography. Thermography is the simple idea of physiology. It maps your body’s temperatures to “color code” possible risks and health problems. When reading a thermal imaging scan, the color red indicates inflammation, and, therefore, a risk of future disease. The awareness of this risk allows the patient an opportunity for early detection as well as early intervention. A recent demonstration of the use of thermography was on a world-wide stage when police forces caught the Boston Marathon bombing suspect hiding in a boat. They used thermography to detect the suspect’s body heat through the boat’s cover.

While thermal imaging is not a new technology, it has vastly improved over the past 40 years. It is used in the military, in police departments and in meteorology in order to forecast possible storms and/or heat waves. Approved for use in the healthcare arena by the FDA in 1982, thermal imaging can detect suspicions in the breasts and other areas of the body. It’s proven powerful in identifying inflammatory issues that can lead to disease. De Novo Scan’s thermal imaging can detect much more than breast cancer; it also can be used to screen the full cranial and thyroid, periodontal inflammation, the back of the neck, full back, stomach, abdomen, large and small intestines, kidneys, colon, ovaries, uterus and more.

De Novo Scan 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 in reading and interpreting thermal images. Results are returned to the client within seven days of the scan along with alternative treatment options.