Because my mother has had breast cancer twice, my ob/gyn started recommending mammograms every other year when I was 35 years old. In addition, due to dense and cystic breasts, I have had 2 diagnostic mammograms. At only 46 years of age, I have had more mammograms than I am comfortable with and have become more and more convinced that this is putting me at a greater risk for breast cancer.
I initially learned about thermal imaging for breast cancer detection from Dr. Mercola. Thermal imaging is an FDA approved adjunct to mammograms in which infrared technology is used to detect areas of rapidly growing cells or inflammation. According to proponents, thermal imaging can detect breast cancer 8 to 10 years earlier than mammograms. Unfortunately, it is not currently covered by insurance plans and there is not yet a provider in Little Rock.
A few months ago, I decided it would be worth my effort and expense to have thermal breast imaging instead of additional mammograms. I asked thermal imaging technicians; Ron and Jeanine Jarvis of Body Scan for Health in Rogers, Arkansas; to come to Little Rock to do a weekend of thermal imaging which was hosted by Dr. John Vincent at the Wellness Revolution.
In November, Geanine Jarvis performed my first thermal imaging scan. I chose to have full body imaging, rather than just breast imaging. I was a little nervous and didn't quite know what to expect. My husband went with me to provide support (and to get to see neat technology - a big plus for him). Geanine made me feel very comfortable.
I spent 15 minutes in a cool (not cold) room in my hospital gown to get my body temperature right for the imaging. Then Geanine and my husband sat at a desk with a computer screen. I stood behind them with the thermal camera pointed at me. Geanine watched the screen and gave me directions about which areas of my body to uncover and how to stand. She was able to do that without turning to look at me (much more private than what I expected). Also, unlike mammograms, there is no contact involved in thermal imaging. We were all able to watch the images on the screen.
Geanine recorded the images so they could be sent to a physician's group to be read by a doctor. Approximately 2 weeks later I received a report along with copies of the images and recommendations. One recommendation was to get a 3 month follow up on my breast imaging so a baseline can be established. If there is no change in the patterns in my breasts after my follow-up, then I can continue with annual imaging.
Ron and Geanine are returning to Little Rock on Feb. 1st to do follow-ups and first time imaging. Breast imaging is $199. Imaging for other body parts or full body varies. If you are interested in making an appointment or finding out more, please e-mail your phone number to me, Lisa Lipe (lisa8 AT sbcglobal DOT net). I would be glad to provide additional information and/or schedule you for an imaging appointment. Spaces are very limited so contact me as soon as possible.