Importance of follow up screening

Coming in for a follow up scan is extremely important. As you can see in the above picture, this person was supposed to come back for a 3 month follow up due to being high risk. She waited to come back, and unfortunately at this point the inflammation, or in her case the cancer had spread. We want to do everything in our power to prevent disease, or catch it early.

If we have a thermogram showing risk and all other tests are normal, we have a risk marker for the future. You should return to monitor for 3 reasons:

1) Thermal findings getting worse over time after normal anatomical tests could signal a need for more frequent anatomical testing. The mammo/us/mri were normal but for the past 6 months the thermography is getting worse. The doctor may wish to repeat anatomical tests early given the thermography results.

2) Someone with a high risk thermography could benefit from combination anatomical imaging rather than just mammogram or just ultrasound.

3) If you choose to take action to lower the risk, the thermography can help you know if your actions are effective.

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