The American Academy of Thermology Guidelines for Breast Thermology 2021
The guidelines contained herein will focus upon passive infrared imaging of the breast for the detection of physiologic changes that have been found to be useful in the promotion of breast thermology as a breast thermal findings assessment tool. This guideline was prepared by members of the American Academy of Thermology (AAT) as a guide to aid the breast thermologist, and other interested parties, in the clinical application of infrared breast imaging. It implies a consensus from experts in the field of breast thermology and those substantially concerned with its scope and provisions. The AAT guideline may be revised at any time. Suggestions for improvement of this guideline are welcome and should be addressed to the president of the American Academy of Thermology. Breast infrared imaging (thermology) is a physiologic study that can assess changes in breast tissue by providing accurate and reproducible high-resolution images of skin temperature. This image can be analyzed both qualitatively for thermovascular mapping and quantitatively for minute changes in skin heat emission. Thermal findings can then be utilized as an assessment tool of breast health.
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