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Thermography Offers Safe Health Screen Option

by Shelly Laine

The growth rate of breast cancer cells is a rapid and alarming reality. Within a year, two cells become 16. In four years, 16 have advanced to more than 65,000. In addition, in eight years—when mammography typically detects a problem—those cells have multiplied to approximately 4 billion.

It’s a scary fact facing all women that are typically advised to begin routine mammograms around age 45 but are most at risk between 30 and 50. Women would have greater peace of mind if they didn’t have to wait for potentially devastating results, but could instead proactively keep track of early indicators to protect their
health. Digital infrared thermal imaging can provide that comfort.

The technology—administered locally by the professional team at Beacon Thermography, Inc.—is a non-invasive tool used to identify changes in the body over time. For women concerned with breast health, for example, thermography can begin detecting vascular changes at the one-year mark—when cell count is
only at 16.

With early detection, prevention of what can often be fatal illnesses is the ultimate goal. Therefore, when detected early, changes in the body can translate into better treatment options and a better overall outcome for patients. Moreover, because it is safe and pain-free—no radiation, breast compression or physical contact of any kind—there is no added risk to taking control of one’s health.

Using a digital infrared camera that measures the body’s surface temperature, certified clinical thermographers and sisters Shelly Laine, Cecilia Laine-Meinhold and Tanis Clark at Beacon Thermography can create a “digital map” of the body, showing heat patterns that could be a sign of a condition or abnormality.

That map is crucial, since tests like X-rays, mammograms and MRIs are only able to provide information on structures within the body. Medical thermal imaging, by comparison, can pick up warning signs like inflammation or angiogenesis, increased blood supply to a growing tumor.

Once captured, the thermal images are reviewed by medical doctors that are also board-certified thermologists. Taking into consideration a patient’s symptoms, health history and thermography results, the doctor will then report results and may make recommendations.

Often, in the case of abnormal screening results, the recommendation is to seek clinical correlation (e.g. blood work and/or X-rays, mammograms and ultrasound). In that sense, thermography works in conjunction, not in competition, with traditional screenings like mammograms. In fact, the two tests are quite different yet together can help accurately diagnosis breast cancer as early as possible.

Thermography has been FDA-approved as an adjunct to anatomical testing since 1982, and has received the endorsement of well-known doctors like Joseph Mercola, a leading expert globally in natural health who recommends thermography as the best option for breast cancer screening.

Dr. Sonya Young, owner of Elite Chiropractic, in Wilmington, states, “The arrival of Beacon, which opened in spring 2016, means the Cape Fear region is finally able to take advantage of the easily accessible and affordable service. It is a major step in the right direction, adding a safe effective way to scan the body, especially for women and breast screening.” She adds, “Many of our patients, as well as I, have already had our thermographic scans, and are excited about the ease of the process, the professional reports/recommendations and quick outcomes this service has offered.”

Certified Clinical Thermographer Shelly Laine and her team at Beacon Thermography, Inc., can provide the benefits of well-being through thermography. Screenings can be provided at Elite Chiropractic (primary location), Landfall Shopping Center, 1319 Military Cutoff Rd., Unit L; McKay Healing Arts Center, Wilmington; Carteret Chiropractic and Family Wellness, Cape Carteret; Renovo Natural Health, Raleigh; and Integrative Medical Clinic of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For more information, call 910-803-2150, 727-470-1694 or visit


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