We are excited to welcome Rachel Mazzarelli MS CCT to our Revive Wellness Center team. Rachel will be offering Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) once a month at both our New Haven and Milford locations.
DITI is a 15-minute non-invasive (no compression), no radiation test of physiology. The benefit of DITI testing is that it offers possible earlier detection of breast disease than has been possible through breast self examination, doctor examination or mammography alone. DITI detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology (cancer, fibrocystic disease, estrogen dominance, lymph congestion, infection or a vascular disease) offering women the chance to become aware of worrisome physiological changes before there is a diagnosable cancer.
Thermography is as accurate as mammography at 90% and ALL women can benefit from testing. It is more accurate in younger women (30-50) with dense breast tissue, overweight women, and women with fibrocystic breasts or breast implants. It also evaluates all areas of the breasts and regional lymph nodes, whereas mammography misses portions of the breast tissue. Approximately 1/3 of all breast cancers occur in women under 45, where mammography is not recommended.
DITI can also aid in the diagnosis and prognosis for many conditions and injuries, including but not limited to: back injuries, Arthritis, Headache, Nerve Damage, Unexplained Pain, Fibromyalgia, Dental infection and TMJ, Artery inflammation, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Disc disease, Inflammatory pain, Skin Cancer, Sprain/Strain, Digestive disorders, as well as monitor therapy progress.
A Thermogram, also called Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), is a FDA approved method of measuring patterns of heat emitted from the body. In relation to breast cancer, a thermogram detects angiogenesis which is the growth of new blood vessels. These new blood vessels feed a tumor and they show up as higher temperature in breast tissue.
|Detects physiology, inflammation or angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels),||Detects structure or anatomy (such as a tumor)|
|NO radiation!! NO compression!!||Radiation and compression|
|Views a larger area; all the way up and parallel to and under the arm pit||Smaller imaging area|
|Thermography reads physiology so it can detect cancerous conditions in the breast up to 8 years earlier, giving patients time to make effective diet and lifestyle changes and hormones corrections.||Can take 8 years to detect a tumor.|
**These are two entirely different methods of screening and thermograms in no way replace mammograms.
Unfortunately there is NO test that is 100% accurate. Both have false positive and negatives. For women over 50 mammograms are 80% – 84% accurate. For women under 50, this accuracy drops to 60% because of the density of their breasts. Thermograms miss non-growing and/or fully encapsulated tumors.
Women between the ages of 30 to 50 have denser breast tissue which makes it more difficult for mammograms to pick up any suspicious lesions. Also, cancer for these women is the more aggressive type. In women under 50, the average doubling time is 80 days; in women over 50, it is around 160 days.
When thermograms first came out, they showed abnormalities which mammograms could not detect. These findings were called false positives and placed thermal imaging under suspicion. However, in re-call studies, a large percentage of these women developed breast cancer in the exact location of the abnormal false positive.
Today, doctors may be unaware of the real history and that thermograms got FDA approved for breast cancer screening in 1982. Some doctors also fear that if they do not recommend mammograms as the gold standard of breast cancer detection, they will have their licenses revoked.
Absolutely. Over 800 peer reviewed studies on Breast Thermography have been conducted. Well over 300,000 women have been studied, some patient having been followed up to 12 years. These trials have shown the many benefits of thermal imaging including its ability to detect the first signs of cancer up to 8 years before any other procedure can detect a cancer.
Images are sent to certified medical doctors who are also board certified thermologists.
If the thermogram says the clinical correlation is urgent, you need to take the report to your doctor so he or she can do further testing. If your doctor does nothing, you need to let us know. We will contact the doctor directly to give further clarification. Let’s be very clear: thermography is a scientifically viable, FDA approved screening tool and if the scans detect warning signs, these signs should not be ignored.
The first year you need to do 2 – three months apart. Everyone has their own unique thermal pattern – just like a fingerprint. The two series of scans establish a baseline – from that baseline, a yearly thermogram is recommended.
|Meditherm Med2000||Other Infrared Cameras|
|Narrow temperature range specific for detecting and recording metabolic heat (10 degrees C – 40 degrees C) and can apply specific and stable temperature ranges necessary during or after scanning.||Designed primarily for industrial use and detect temperatures from (0 degrees C – 150 degrees C). Although range can be adjusted it’s the automatic averaging of the hottest and coldest measurements recorded throughout the whole image which are constantly changing.|
|Each pixel is an individual temperature that can be compared to any other pixel. The total color range is applied to the patient alone giving far more sensitivity and specificity!||The colors used are divided throughout the whole range of temperatures detected (i.e. background around the patient) losing specificity.|
|Accuracy and reliability (repeatability). No “thermal drift”.||Thermal drift and poor range of control|
Rachel Mazzarelli (X to Rays LLC Thermal Imaging)
Rachel holds a masters degree in Clinical Nutrition, is a Certified Clinical Thermographer, certified Kripalu yoga teacher and hula hoop instructor.
Rachel began her career in the fitness and wellness working with both private and corporate clients. After getting her masters degree she opened Whole Health LLC, to help people find health and balance in their lives through nutrition and lifestyle. Rachel has always been passionate about health and the environment so she has incorporated holistic living and utilizes both eastern and western modalities in both her professional and personal life.
She learned about thermography from a friend/collegue ten years ago and has been having Thermograms since. Believing in the benefits of thermography for not only monitoring breast health but many other issues adding this to her scope of practice was a natural progression. Being a women, mother of two young girls, aunt of many, daughter, sister and friend, woman’s health issues are a huge concern. Rachel is on a crusade to make sure all women know what a brilliant preventative medicine tool thermography is. X to Rays has been offering Thermography screening throughout CT and NY for 10 years.
Rachel is a Certified Clinical Thermographer, holds a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition, and is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Rachel began her career in the fitness/wellness industry working with private and corporate clients. After getting her masters she opened Whole Health LLC, focusing on 1:1 counseling and group programs. Rachel has always incorporated holistic living and eastern modalities in both her professional and personal life. She learned of the benefits of DITI 10 years ago and has been getting yearly Thermograms since. Being a woman and the mother of two young girls, woman’s health issues are of top concern which is why she added DITI to her scope of practice. Thermography is a brilliant preventative medicine tool.
To schedule an appointment with Rachael for thermography at revive you can contact her at: 203-257-3785 or firstname.lastname@example.org