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Early Breast Cancer Detection at SF Advanced Health

Example breast thermography scan

We at Advanced Health have been innovating for years to discover ways to help our patients overcome various ailments and improve their lives. Thermal Digital Imaging, or Thermography, is the latest edition to our toolkit.  Thermography is instrumental in early cancer detection and with autoimmune disorders, and detecting underlying areas of chronic pain and blood flow abnormalities. 

Let me tell you about a 45-year-old patient named "Jennifer" who I’ve been working with closely for the past few years. She recently got a thermography screening at SF Advanced Health, and the imaging detected something profoundly important, given that the patient didn’t have any breast symptoms. 

Without symptoms, it’s hard to convince physicians to investigate further with breast imaging tests. This is why our practice and our entire approach is different relative to the conventional approach which only looks at symptoms but not the root cause. 

Some background:  Jennifer initially came in to see me with poorly controlled Hashimoto’s thyroiditis for over 10 years. She had tried every conventional treatment and had unfortunately responded poorly to thyroid medication.  We’ve identified food triggers, environmental toxicants, as well as life stressors which were aggravating Jennifer's thyroid condition. Since we were only 75% on the path for optimal reversal of her disease, I suggested Jennifer get a full body thermography to better understand how her body was functioning on a cellular level. 

Since Jennifer's prior mammogram scans had shown very dense breasts (a risk factor for breast cancer), thermography can be more accurate in detecting risk of early stage cancer sooner than other conventional method, especially in women with dense breasts. Unlike with mammography, thermography has no radiation exposure (a carcinogen), is painless, and non-invasive. We opted for thermography in Jennifer's case since she could not afford the cumulative effects of radiation by repeat mammography in the setting of an already compromised immune system. 

Jennifer's thermography scans showed high risk of breast cancer.  Follow-up diagnostic mammogram and breast ultrasound confirmed stage 1 to 2 breast cancer. 

Cancer doesn’t happen overnight.  Long-term damage of the immune system over decades lets cancer grow haphazardly.  Thermography allows us to picked up this damage early.


At Advanced Health, we are the only center in the Bay Area offering the full septrum of thermography services to support our strong commitment for prevention and wellness.  The FDA approved thermography in 1957 as an adjunct diagnostic tool. 

Thermography lets us observe the mechanics of the body in real-time, by observing thermal changes and hot-spots. It detects precisely how the mitochondria (aka., the powerhouse) of the cells function, and if excess inflammation is being produced. Unlike many other conventional radiological imaging, there is no risk of radiation with thermography. It is non-invasive and presents no risk to patients.  It is an excellent tool for better understanding of blood flow problems, inflammation, chronic pain, digestive and autoimmune problems, and cancer risk. 

CONTACT US TODAY to learn more about thermography!  Our expert team is commited to transforming the "I" in "illness" to the "we" in "wellness." 

Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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