Normal vs. Abnormal Breast Thermography

Breast thermography is an adjunct to mammography, and Dr. LeRoy has performed comprehensive breast exams and breast thermograms on over 3,500 women – successfully helping them get early treatment for breast cancer. View “normal” and “abnormal” breast thermograms from Dr. LeRoy’s case studies, to see clearly how breast thermography may be the most effective adjunctive diagnostic tool for early breast cancer detection. Please be advised that these photos are graphic images of breasts, both with and without tumors.

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The breast thermography infrared images to the right depict a very normal breast thermogram. Vascular findings in the breasts are nearly lacking and there are no hyperthermic areas. This is not typical of the average woman and represents about 5% of the population. Breast Thermography
This image is more representative of the average breast thermography, demonstrating vessels in the upper breasts that extend toward the areolae. There is a slight hyperthermic area in the outer right breast that was not correlated with palpatory findings. A repeat study at six months demonstrated the pattern was stable and there was no increase in the hyperthermic area of the right breast. Breast Thermography - Demonstrating Vessels in the Upper Breasts
The breast thermography images to the right demonstrate more vascularity than the above breast thermography. In this case, the vascular pattern is still consistent with a normal pattern and the vessels do not have an abnormally high degree of blood flow. Because this was a baseline study, the patient will return in six months, to verify that the pattern and the amount of blood flow is unchanged. The thermovascular pattern on a breast thermogram is like a fingerprint of the breast and should not change over time. If change is demonstrated, it is likely that a neovascular phenomenon is occurring and additional testing is warranted to gather additional diagnostic information. Breast Thermography - Demonstrating More Vascularity
This is an abnormal breast thermogram, demonstrating a highly aggressive malignancy in the left upper breast. There is a large, hyperthermic area associated with the tumor as well as increased vasculature. With breast thermography, the greater the degree of abnormality the greater the aggressiveness of the cancer and the worse the prognosis. Abnormal Breast Thermogram
This breast thermogram demonstrates a hyperthermic left areola that was associated with a small mass. Biopsy confirmed an invasive intraductal carcinoma. Breast palpation should always be performed at the time of a breast thermogram in attempt to correlate palpatory findings with the findings on infrared. This correlation can alter the overall assessment when a mass is correlated with what would otherwise appear to be a normal finding on the breast thermogram. This is especially true with baseline studies in which comparisons cannot be made to previous imaging. Breast Thermogram - Demonstrating Hyperthermic Left Areola
On this study the entire right breast is hyperthermic as compared to the left. There is also a slightly irregular vascular pattern medial to the right nipple where biopsy confirmed a malignancy. Global temperature increase in a single breast is highly suspicious and care must be exercised to rule out malignancy. Breast Thermography - Invasive Intraductal Carcinoma Deep to the Outer Right Areola
This increase in temperature of the right breast thermogram shows a global increase in temperature of the right breast as well as distinct, hyperthermic vessels in the outer breast. There was and invasive malignancy discovered in the outer right breast. Breast Thermogram - Global Increase in Temperature of the Right Breast