Thermography in the Investigation of Breast Cancer
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.
KeywordsBreast Cancer Skin Temperature Breast Disease Indium Antimonide Spot Temperature
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