A trip to a tourist attraction in Scotland turned out to be a life-changing moment for a woman after a thermal camera found she had breast cancer.
41-year-old Ball Jill was looking at images from her trip to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh, when she noticed a heat tape over her breast.
After arranging an appointment with her doctor, Gill is diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer – but experts warn that Gil is lucky and warm
Jill, who visited the attraction in May, wrote to Camera Obscura after the diagnosis his, telling employees they searched Google for what the hot spot could mean and saw articles about breast cancer and thermal imaging.
"Now I have had two operations and I have to do one to prevent it from spreading," she wrote in a letter posted on the Camera Obscura website.
"I just wanted to say thank you: without this camera I would never have understood. I know this is not the intention of the camera, but for me it was a life-changing visit. "
Andrew Johnson, general manager of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, said it was" incredible "Jill noticed the difference in
" We wish her all the best with her recovery and we hope to meet her and
Jill may have been lucky to break due to thermal imaging cameras, but medical experts do not recommend using the devices for screening purposes.
Dr. Tracy Jilly, Medical Director at NHS Lothian , said her teams are using digital mammography to detect breast cancer date.
"Mammograms use low-energy x-rays to create images that are interpreted by the clinical team," Gilles said in a statement. [1
Caroline Rubin, Vice President of Clinical Radiology at the Royal College of Radiologists, has stated that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective screening tools for breast cancer or other medical screening. distances.
"The principle behind the use of thermography is that infrared heat chambers can be used to map patterns of heat and blood flow near the surface of the body," Rubin says in a statement explaining that Cancer tumors generate heat as they tend to have good blood supply, but they vary greatly in size and position.
"Thermography devices are not sensitive enough or specific enough to be a reliable method for detecting breast cancer. – in case Ms. Gill's aunt was a pointless finding. ”
Rubin stated that all women should make sure they attend routine screening mammograms.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns against using thermal cameras as a stand-alone diagnostic tool.
"Thermography is not a substitute for ordinary mammograms and should not be used instead of mammograms for screening or diagnosing breast cancer," the FDA said in a guidance issued February 2019.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – an international campaign to raise awareness of the second most common cancer in women.
Some women are diagnosed with breast cancer after noticing symptoms, but many women with the disease have no symptoms.
Experts recommend mammograms about 40 to 50 years old.