Regulation Thermography Testing

Let me tell you a story in the continuing adventures of my breasts. (Yeah, one of them was removed, but nevertheless I still feel that somehow I have two boobs. Weird, or what?) Okay, here it goes:

Last week I went off for some regulation thermography testing, which is screening based on body temperature – it essentially looks for areas of your body that are more hot or cold than would be expected, which could indicate an issue at play. Honestly there is debate on both sides of whether this is really effective screening. Some countries use it, others don’t, and I think recently thermography was studied as an alternative screening method to mammography (who by, I don’t remember, I read so many things) and wasn’t found significant enough with the results.

But frack all that, and you want to know why?

Because I’m down to yearly breast screenings. On top of this, no one seems to want to give me anything more than a mammogram. Forget that dense breasts don’t jive well with just mammogram screening – that’s only one point that really gets me frustrated. . . the even bigger annoyance is that this is radiation being shot repeatedly into an area of my body I already 100% know is vulnerable to cancer.

Boszky!

Sorry. I didn’t mean to go crazy, it’s just the lack of options – I mean good options that doctors are actually willing to prescribe without fear of it hurting the budget, are very limited.

Wow. I’m getting off track. Let’s try again. Last week I went for regulation thermography testing, because I wanted to peek in on the ladies and surrounding areas for an update. There’s a clinic in Carp that takes readings of your entire torso, and it’s quite interesting to see how the varying temperatures are interpreted.

What happens for this type of thermography testing? You don’t get light or heat shot through you, instead they take many, many, many temperature readings across many, many, many points on your body.

First, they get you cozy. I had a skirt on, so was given a blanket to wrap up in.

Then, they measure some points for temperature.

Next you take off your clothes and sit there in the cold. Well, you take off all your clothing minus some underwear. I borrowed Zsolt’s loose boxers for this occasion – they did the trick and didn’t cut off any circulation (since no tight clothes were allowed)

Once cooled, you temperature is taken again all over the place: point after point after point. I wonder if these correspond to acupuncture points?  Anyhow, once the test has finished, there’s a print out.

The technition said she needed to look at it in detail, but reviewing it quickly, she told me that my breast looks fine though it seems I’m having some kind of digestive reaction to something. Yeah, that just about sounds right, my GI has been messed up for a while and I’m still on the long road of fixing that up.

It was a good scan, and I’ll likely get it done again. I like that it’s non-invasive, not done in a hospital, and the lady was really compassionate. I like the results too – particularly that she noted my digestive issues. Now, of course, I’ll have to consider mammography, ultra sounds, MRIs etc in the future . . . but for now, I’m just glad to have been reviewed in a way that doesn’t leave a footprint on my body.

And that is the story of regulation thermography testing.

(P.S. It’s raining cats and dogs today, though my mom always points out that above the clouds the sun is shining, and we’re going to start packing our stuff tomorrow for next week’s move. We are getting outta my parent’s house. Happy days and exciting prospects ahead!)

(P.P.S. This entire post (and entire blog) is just a recounting of my personal experiences, not a recommendation of any kind for any sort of treatment, screening, whatever. I just wanted to share, is all. If you have questions, take them to a professional.)

(P.P.P.S I have a sense my storytelling was rather flat this post. Can we please blame that on the weather? Thanks.)

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11 thoughts on “Regulation Thermography Testing

  1. I found your story interesting since I did not know you could get full body thermography in Ottawa. That part about your digestive system got my attention since I have digestive problems which I’m trying to figure out. I suspect that I am sensitive to gluten.

    Many years ago I did the breast thermography test (an out-of-pocket expense) and compared it to my mammogram (covered by medicare). After my mammogram, they gave me an ultrasound to check a suspicious area which turned out to be a a water cyst. Both the thermography and the mammogram + ultrasound tests said I was ok, so I don’t know which testing method is more sensitive. But it was reassuring to get good results from both tests.

  2. Fantastic. How did I not know about the radiation in mammograms? I somehow never associated them with radiation–more like an ultrasound. *gak* I’ve had one two years in a row, now. I may want to re-think this.

    And congrats on the clean screen, man. And fitting into your hubbies unders. Ha. Cute.

    J

    • 🙂 Well I don’t know what’s a good or bad amount of radiation . . . I think here in Canada women over 50 are meant to go every two years (but don’t take my word for it, because it’s unreliable!) . . . I’m just concerned because I’m only thirty – by the time I hit 50, I’ll have had 10-20 years extra of all that radiation. Blah!

  3. Wow, I didn’t even know of such a thing! I too often why we don’t know better ways to detect cancer already. Seems silly how much technology we have and yet there is still so much more we could do. Glad at these that test is not invasive. I’ve never had a mammo (only an MRI) and I guess now I never will. Lucky me.

  4. Interesting test! A girl I know here has too dense of tissue and the test that was actually able to view the extent of her tumor was the Sonocine. Here in the US you have to pay out of pocket for it, it may be worth looking into?

  5. Thanks for the play by play thermography testing! I am thinking of doing one as well in between my regular screening. Interesting that they could detect the digestive issues.

    Peace!

  6. I’ve never had this testing before, but it does sound non-invasive, and for that I’m grateful. So many tests involve radiation. I’m experiencing lower back pain now, and my doctor said he doesn’t think it’s mets: he said I’ve had enough radiation for a lifetime. Here’s hoping it’s just strain from a move and radiated pain from inflamed cartilage. I’d be very happy if that’s the diagnosis. But post-cancer, any diagnosis other than recurring cancer is a huge win. xo

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