Understanding Thermobiological Risk Ratings
Understanding Thermobiological (TH) Risk Ratings
*Thermobiological Risk Ratings are a unique component of Advanced Thermography at The Thermogram Center and are not available from other thermographers in Colorado.
(derived from Gautherie, Marseilles, Almaric, and Hobbins)
Breast series include 7-11 views/images of the breasts. These images are analyzed by a Board Certified Clinical Breast Thermologist for thermal findings, including: temperature differences between the breasts that exceed the norm; vascular asymmetries; and thermal patterns/abnormalities consistent with cancer and/or other physiological activities.
Examinations result in a TH (thermobiological) rating - or risk category - for each breast. The greater the number and severity of thermal findings in a breast, the greater the TH rating. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with higher TH ratings.
The benefit of Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging, then, is that each breast's cancer risk is assessed a Thermobiological Risk Rating - a simple number you can use to monitor your thermobiological level of risk over time.
If you are uncomfortable with your thermobiological level or risk… or it is increasing over time… We can discuss potential risk factors in your images, educate you on likely causes, and provide action steps, tools and resources for a healthier tomorrow.
In addition to providing Thermobiological Risk Ratings, The Thermogram Center uniquely measures the highest risk factor for developing breast cancer – prolonged exposure to excess estrogen – with a Hormonal Grade on a Scale of 0 – 4. To learn more, click here.
Each breast is assessed a TH rating on the following scale:
TH1 - Lowest Risk
TH2 - Low Risk
- Normal with lowest and low thermobiological risk of developing cancer.
- 12 month thermal imaging follow-up for women over 30 years of age.
- Clients are advised to follow their doctor’s recommendations regarding breast screening, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
TH3 - Medium Risk
- Classified between normal and abnormal with medium thermobiological risk of developing breast cancer.
- Early thermal imaging follow-up is recommended to monitor signs of stability and/or change, typically at 6 months. When subsequent imaging indicates stability, standard 12-month follow-up is typically recommended.
- Clients are advised to follow their doctor’s recommendations regarding breast evaluation, maintain healthy lifestyles, and consider exploring opportunities to reduce risk factors with a qualified health provider.
TH4 - High Risk
TH5 - Highest Risk
- Abnormal with high and highest thermobiological risk for developing breast cancer.
- Early thermal imaging follow-up is indicated, typically at 3 months in an attempt to discern transient and benign conditions, i.e. infection, congestion, inflammation from cancerous conditions given the average doubling time for active cancer is 3 months.
- Clients are strongly recommended to see their doctor about further evaluation. When all anatomical examinations are normal, clients are advised to optimize their risk factors and consider proactive efforts/treatments under the guidance of a qualified health provider.