OUR CHOICE THERMAL IMAGING
Kim Brooker is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Thermal Imaging Technician, and she has brought Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging to Thunder Bay. Kim has been providing this service for the past 2 years to women in the city on a mobile basis. After moving to Thunder Bay from Florida last year, she permanently opened her clinic here in August 2013. This potentially life-saving assessment modality is now available to the women of northern Ontario year round at Your Choice Thermal Imaging.
Thermography is readily available in many locations in southern Ontario, but Kim and her imaging business – Your Choice Thermal Imaging – is the ONLY clinic currently providing this service north of Sudbury. Kim became interested in thermography after finding out that two friends and a family member had developed breast cancer after going faithfully for their yearly mammograms. Her research found that mammograms were a tool used for discovering a lump or mass that is already present – and in most cases has been present for many years – before becoming large enough to be seen in the x-ray. Thermography, or Thermal Imaging as it is also known, uses digital infrared thermal imaging to detect and record the infrared heat radiating from the surface of the body
. The procedure is based on the principle that chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in the normal breast. Abnormal thermological patterns of the breast clearly demonstrate abnormal areas of heat. Kim believes that Breast Thermography is one of the best early warning systems available today.
Early lifestyle and dietary changes can result in better imaging results and overall health. Breast Thermography uses no painful breast compression, no radiation, and is non-invasive. It is an ideal tool for screening, not only for women over 40, but younger women as well. Because there is no radiation or compression, it is ideal for women with implants, pregnant and nursing women, and women who have had previous breast surgery. This technology is particularly exciting for young women and women with dense breasts since mammography isn't usually useful in these cases. The "wait and see" or "come back in a year" approach is no longer acceptable.
It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; therefore, it is imperative that every means possible is used to detect breast health issues as early as possible. Thermography does not replace standard detection methods, but when used as a multi-modal approach (clinical examination, thermography, mammography), peer reviewed studies have shown that 95% of early stage breast cancers can be detected. For more information, please visit: www.YourChoiceThermalImaging.com or contact Kim Brooker at (807) 632-2575 for an appointment.