Thermagraphic Diagnostic Imaging: Thermography is a key to prevention

by Philip Getson, D.O. & Liesha Getson, B.C.T.T.

The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) statistics on breast cancer are shocking. Every three minutes in the United States alone, another woman is diagnosed with this dreaded disease, which annually claims the lives of more than 40,000 women.

With the incidence of breast cancer on the rise and prevention now considered more valuable than cure, women are beginning to educate themselves on the option of including a thermogram in their annual check- up. This little-known tool for risk assessment measures thermal emissions emanating from the body, a key indicator of health. Available here in the US since the 1960s, it was approved in 1982 as an adjunct to mammography.

Thermography utilizes an infrared camera to take images of the breasts without radiation, without compression or pain and without side effects. It is the only breast test that evaluates pathology physiologically, meaning that it measures the function of the breast and its blood vessels as opposed to all other available tests, which measure the anatomy, or look for tumors, cysts, etc.

Thermography detects the physiologic changes in the breast tissue that have been shown to correlate with cancerous or pre-cancerous states. It is widely acknowledged that cancers, even in their earliest stages need nutrients to maintain or accelerate their growth. In order to facilitate this process, blood vessels remain open; inactive blood vessels are activated and new ones are formed, a process known as neoangiogenesis. This vascular process causes an increase in surface temperature in the affected regions, which can be viewed with infrared imaging cameras. Additionally the newly formed or activated blood vessels have a distinct appearance which thermography can detect.

It is well documented in medicine that changes in physiology can occur 7-10 years before anatomic ones. This means that women (and men) have the opportunity to make changes in lifestyle, diet, nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation etc. that can forestall or even prevent the formation of tumors. In essence, individuals can be proactive in their own health.

“Thermography is a key to prevention. I would rather provide the patient with the opportunity to make diet and lifestyle changes that could possibly prevent breast cancer or at least minimize its affect on the body. rather than waiting until the cancer occurs and then trying to treat it.” Philip Getson, D.O. 

In the last 30 years there have been more than 800 reported peer reviewed studies on thermography, with more than 250,000 women evaluated. Some of these studies, which have followed women over a 12-year time frame, conclude that breast thermography has been shown to be the single most important marker for detecting the development of breast cancer and it is eight times more significant than family history.

Additionally a thermogram has a 95 percent detection rate when used as part of a multi-modal approach, using breast examination and anatomic testing. It is particularly valuable because it can be performed safely at age 20, thereby allowing for the detection of early stage breast cancers at their inception.

It is evident with the changing face of medicine, and the ever-increasing movement toward prevention, that women who add thermography to their annual self-care checklist will get the gentle ounce of prevention that worth far outweighs any pound of cure.

Dr. Philip Getson

Philip Getson, D.O. is a board certified family physician in practice for 36 years in New Jersey. He is an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and has lectured extensively on the subject.

He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Neurology at Drexel University Hospital in Philadelphia.

He is a Board Certified Thermologist and has reviewed more than 10,000 Thermographic Studies of the breast, thyroid and neuromuscular system. He has been certified by four Thermographic Boards and has lectured internationally regarding Thermographic Testing, and has authored several papers on the subject. He has been elected to the position of Vice President of the American Academy of Thermology. Dr. Getson is also chairman of the committee responsible for formulating the national protocols for breast thermography.

He currently serves as the medical liaison to the New Jersey Department of Health to implement the governor’s bill for RSD Awareness and will be responsible for conducting educational lectures on the subject and has lectured extensively on the subject locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Philip Getson Appointed to the Position of Vice President of the American Academy of Thermology:

Dr. Philip Getson of Marlton NJ has recently been appointed to the position of Vice President of the American Academy of Thermology. This organization of medical thermographers is the longest standing of its kind in the United States. Dr. Getson will serve as chairman for the breast protocol committee whose responsibility will be to formulate the guidelines for breast thermography. These guidelines will be used by the American Academy of Thermology members and offered to other National associations of thermographers as well as the International thermographic community.

Thermography is a diagnostic tool that utilizes state of the art, FDA approved, infra red technology to provide an image the body’s physiologic responses. It is a totally safe, non-radiologic, non invasive, painless test with absolutely no known adverse affects and no contra indications.

Dr. Getson has been a Board Certified Medical Thermographer since 1982 and has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject. He has reviewed over ten thousand thermographic patients. Dr. Getson has championed the cause of Thermography for many years. He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to provide quality thermographic imaging and interpretation. 

Philip & Liesha Getson perform Thermography screenings at their office located at 100 Brick Road, Suite 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 . To make an appointment for a Thermography screening call 856-596-5834.