Thermography in the Investigation of Breast Cancer

  • A. L. Evans
  • W. B. James
  • M. Davison

Abstract

The fundamental concept used in thermography is that skin temperature abnormalities are manifestations of underlying pathology. This has “been known since the earliest days of medicine — Hippocrates was aware of the high left-right symmetry of skin temperature in the human body. Until recently, skin temperature had to he estimated by touch — this is still a good method; in good circumstances the hand can detect 1 C differences in skin temperature. Accurate spot temperature readings can now be made with thermocouples, thermistors or with radiometers. The next step — the presentation of an image of skin temperature distribution — was greatly assisted by funds injected into the military aspects of temperature displays.

Keywords

Expense Lawson Nipple 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. Evans
    • 1
    • 2
  • W. B. James
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Davison
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologySouthern General HospitalGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-EngineeringWest of Scotland Health BoardsGlasgowUK

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