The findings presented in our reports are based on 32 standard thermological signs and quantification changes that take place during the course of the examination. Each is provided with numerical values (scores), which were developed based on the statistical frequency of occurrence and the association with breast pathology. Scores from 0-29 represent relatively symmetrical and avascular patterns which are considered to be statistically normal. Scores from 30-74 are also considered to be within normal limits, but usually display some form of thermovascular patterns and statistically appear to be associated mainly with benign breast distortions. The higher the score appears in this group, the higher the incidence of pathology.
The Scoring System
- The TH scoring system is based on original research conducted by M. Gauthrie, A. Kotewicz and P. Gueblez. This research can be found in a study that was presented in the Thermal Assessment of Breast Health, entitled “Accurate and Objective Evaluation of Breast Thermograms: Basic Principles and New Advances with Special Reference to an Improved Computer-Assisted Scoring System” and published by MTP Press Limited, Lancaster/Boston. In the establishment of our present scoring system (as is used by the Thermography Clinic Inc.), additional signs and numerical values have been added since Gautherie’s original research. Based on extensive imaging and clinical work performed independently of the original study, Dr. G. Chapman, Dr. B. Hobbins and Dr. A. Mostovoy, added these new signs and values.
Thermography’s Place in the Field of Medicine
A high-risk infrared thermography report of findings is not an accurate diagnosis of malignancy. It is, however, an objective evaluation based on the risk assessment and statistical probability of malignant breast disease. Infrared thermography complements rather than replaces the need for structural evaluation such as Mammography, MRI and Ultrasound. Having said that, a full diagnosis of malignancy is only made possible through a histological evaluation such as a biopsy.
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