Safety alert: Thermograms no substitute for mammograms
Posted Tue Apr 03 15:42:05 MDT 2018
While thermography devices are available in Canada, these devices
have not been licensed in Canada to screen for breast cancer. They
have been licensed by Health Canada only to measure skin temperature,
similar to a thermometer.
Health Canada is not aware of any clinical evidence that
thermography devices can be used effectively for the early detection
of breast cancer.
When providing information about breast cancer screening, it is
important for RNs and NPs to advise clients thermography devices are
not a replacement for mammograms. If women are relying solely on
thermography results, there is a risk cancer could go undetected. Learn more.