CLINICAL thermography

Breast Thermography - Taking Control of Your Breast Health

Breast thermography is a valuable tool for breast health. This wonderful service is now available to New Zealand women through Clinical Thermography at various locations. Women who want to take a proactive approach to their breast health find great value in the additional information provided by thermography.

An appointment with one of our friendly technicians takes just 30 minutes and is a completely safe, non-contact procedure. To learn more about breast thermography, visit our Frequently Asked Questions, or call one of our knowledgeable team on 07 5430832.
To book an appointment, simply click HERE to to make an appointment with  our online booking system. Then just download the breast health history and consent form, and the pre appointment instructions at the bottom of this page.

The Value of Breast Thermal Imaging 

Breast thermography offers women information that no other procedure can provide. However, breast thermography is not a replacement for or alternative to mammography or any other form of breast imaging. Breast thermography is meant to be used in addition to mammography and other tests or procedures. Breast thermography and mammography are complementary procedures; one test does not replace the other. All thermography reports identify thermal emissions that are markers only of breast health, and do not in any way suggest diagnosis and/or treatment. Studies show that the earliest detection is realised when multiple tests are used together. This multimodal approach includes breast self-examinations, physical breast exams by a doctor, mammography, ultrasound, MRI, thermography, and other tests that may be ordered by your doctor.

Breast thermography is a physiological test that provides information on temperature and infrared heat patterns of the breast.1 Because the skin naturally emits thermal radiation (heat), it is well suited to infrared imaging.2 Thermography differs from mammography in that it provides information on the biological activity of the breast versus the gross internal anatomy.3 Infrared imaging is therefore a functional test whereas mammography is a structural test.4

As a functional test, thermography can detect breast abnormalities that other screening methods cannot identify, namely thermal and vascular changes. The increased metabolic activity seen on a breast thermogram can be an indication of changes to breast health.5 These functional changes are thought to take place before the onset of structural changes that can occur in diseased states. A persistent abnormal thermogram can alert the physician to the need for further investigation and identify women who need to be more closely monitored.6-8

Because thermograms in a healthy woman remain remarkably constant, serial thermograms can assess tissue changes over time. A healthy initial thermogram can therefore serve as a baseline to compare future thermograms against.9

Note: Breast thermography offers women information about breast health that no other test can provide. Because breast thermography cannot provide information on the exact anatomic detail of the breast or define a specific area that may need to be biopsied, it should be combined with an anatomical test such as mammography, ultrasound or MRI.9, 10 As a functional test, thermography cannot identify the specific cause of physiological changes to breast tissue. For this reason, it serves as a risk marker and complementary modality, rather than a stand alone assessment tool.11, 12


1.             Ng EY, Ung LN, Ng FC, Sim LS. Statistical analysis of healthy and malignant breast thermography. J Med Eng Technol. Nov-Dec 2001;25(6):253-263.
2.             Joro R, Laaperi AL, Dastidar P, et al. Imaging of breast cancer with mid- and long-wave infrared camera. J Med Eng Technol. May-Jun 2008;32(3):189-197.

3.             Isard HJ. Other imaging techniques. Cancer. Feb 1 1984;53(3 Suppl):658-664.

4.             Plotnikoff G, Carolyn T. Emerging controversies in breast imaging: is there a place for thermography? Minn Med. Dec 2009;92(12):37-39, 56.

5.             Mital M, Scott EP. Thermal detection of embedded tumors using infrared imaging. J Biomech Eng. Feb 2007;129(1):33-39.

6.             Isard HJ, Becker W, Shilo R, Ostrum BJ. Breast thermography after four years and 10000 studies. Am J Roentgenol Radium Ther Nucl Med. Aug 1972;115(4):811-821.

7.             Gautherie M. Thermopathology of breast cancer: measurement and analysis of in vivo temperature and blood flow. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1980;335:383-415.

8.             de Thibault de Boesinghe L. The value of thermography for the diagnosis, prognosis and surveillance of non-palpable breast cancer. J Belge Radiol. Oct 1990;73(5):375-378.

9.             Kennedy DA, Lee T, Seely D. A comparative review of thermography as a breast cancer screening technique. Integr Cancer Ther. Mar 2009;8(1):9-16.

10.          Agnese DM. Advances in breast imaging. Surg Technol Int. 2005;14:51-56.

11.          Head JF, Wang F, Lipari CA, Elliott RL. The important role of infrared imaging in breast cancer. IEEE Eng Med Biol Mag. May-Jun 2000;19(3):52-57.

12.          Ng EY, Sudharsan NM. Computer simulation in conjunction with medical thermography as an adjunct tool for early detection of breast cancer. BMC Cancer. Apr 28 2004;4:17.



The Half Naked Truth


Written by
Dr. Mike Godfrey,
Thermography Technician Truly Godfrey,
& Lymphatic drainage expert Desiree DeSpong

Thirteen years after the introduction of Breast Thermography in NZ, we have gathered sufficient evidence to warrant wider use of thermography as a unique breast health monitoring tool. Current screening methods have marked limitations, it’s time for a new paradigm. This book explains why understanding breast health is useful, what women can do to improve their breast health, and what thermography can and cannot do. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Breast Health Foundation of NZ.

Cost $10 (Inc GST) available from the clinic.
Postage $3 in NZ.

Please Note :  Currently out of stock, reprints coming soon

 Breast Health History and Consent form
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 Pre Appointment Instructions
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 Breast Health Foundation
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