Thermal Infrared Imaging in Early Breast Cancer Detection

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The application of thermal infrared (TIR) imaging in breast cancer study started as early as 1961. However, it has not been widely recognized due to the premature use of the technology, the superficial understanding of the infrared (IR) images, and its poorly controlled introduction into breast cancer detection in the 1970s. Recent advances in image-processing ability and pathophysiological-based understanding of IR images, coupled with the new-generation IR technology, have spurred renewed interest in the use of infrared breast imaging. This chapter provides a survey of recent achievements from these aspects.