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Annette Childs is getting screened for breast cancer but not how you might think. She's getting a thermograph from this Spectron IR machine. Dr. Michael Nelson is with Sierra Tahoe Wellness and Thermography. "When tumors start to grow inside any tissue the first thing they start to do is grow new blood vessels. Blood vessels create a heat signature that is easily identifiable with a thermographic image."

Dr. Nelson is a chiropractor by trade, but has researched breast imaging and after discovering this machine, wanted to offer it as another option for women. "The thing that convinced me that this was a valid technology when I read a 2008 study that said this technology was 97% accurate in detecting breast cancer with people that had the cancer."

Here's how it works. The woman sits in front of this camera topless. It reads the temperature of her breast tissue and thermographic images pop up on the screen. The different colors show areas with different temperatures. Red would be warmer and blue would be cooler. There's also a grayscale option. On this view, doctors can detect vascular patterns. They can also look at symmetry. The temperature of each breast should be the same. 

Dr. Nelson says studies show thermography picks up pre cancers 8 to 10 years earlier than mammography. And once they are detected, he then works with the patient on estrogen metabolism since estrogen is a fuel source for cancer cells. 

Childs, who has had a false positive with a mammogram, is glad to know there's another option for women. "I do. I think it's a very intelligent choice because it can show changes long before there is a large physical change."

For more information, go to www.sierratahoewellness.com or call the office at 775-622-1822.

Written By Wendy  Damonte
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