A tourist attraction stop in Scotland resulted in a woman finding her undiagnosed breast cancer and possibly saving her life.
41-year-old Ball Jill visited the Obscura and World of Illusions camera in Edinburgh, Scotland in May. While there, she took a picture with the museum's thermal camera when she noticed heat in her left breast. Jill thought it was strange, noting that no one else had such a place, and after seeing it again in her images when she got home, decided to search the Internet for possible reasons. This was when she discovered that such a hot spot could be indicative of a tumor (due to increased blood flow and thus increased heat). She subsequently scheduled an appointment with her doctor where breast cancer was confirmed and she began treatment.
Jill says the image has saved her life since cancer was caught in its early stages and is in the midst of a series of operations to prevent it from spreading. Nevertheless, doctors warn that thermal imaging is not a reliable diagnostic tool and although Gill is fortunate enough to work for her, he should not replace ordinary mammograms.
Lead image of Jarek Tuszyńsk used under Creative Commons.