Thermographic Instrumentation

  • Eustace L. Dereniak


During the past 25 years there have been many important technical advances in methods of detecting and curing breast cancer. However, it is surprising to note that in spite of these advances the mortality rate due to breast cancer has not decreased during this period. It is hoped that improvements in thermographic studies of breast cancer in the near future will result in better breast cancer treatment and fewer breast cancer deaths. Mammography, which is presently used in most breast cancer screening programs, involves ionizing radiation (X-rays) and may not be an entirely safe diagnostic procedure. Thermography, a method of producing a thermal image of a surface, is based on the principle that the amount of radiation emitted is dependent on the temperature of the surface. The observation by Lawson, in 1956, that a carcinoma increases the temperature of the surrounding anatomy resulted in the use of thermography as a clinical useful tool in the detection of malignancies. The considerable technical progress in infrared thermography can largely be attributed to the advances infrared detector technology (Leftwhich, 1970).


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  • Eustace L. Dereniak
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  1. 1.Optical Sciences CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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