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Thermography in Biomedicine: History and Breakthrough

Thermography in Biomedicine: History and Breakthrough
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Author(s): Iskra Alexandra Nola (School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia) and Darko Kolarić (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 16
Source title: Biomedical Computing for Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Wellington Pinheiro dos Santos (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil), Washington Wagner Azevedo da Silva (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil) and Maira Araujo de Santana (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3456-4.ch008

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Abstract

The historical details are important to understand the development and application of thermography with particular emphasis on its application in medicine, explained on breast cancer detection. Today, recommendations for breast cancer include the use of mammography as the gold standard screening method. In public health, the importance of screening women for possible breast cancer is indisputable, especially in light of the fact that the size of the cancer directly corresponds to the success of the cure. A method that will allow early detection of cancer and/or successful follow-up of postoperative or adjuvant treatment is unquestionable. Thermography as a non-invasive method is harmless and therefore enables repetition without harmful radiation to the patient, unlike mammography. These features should be sufficient to empower its application. However, its breakthrough does not proceed as expected. This chapter particularly emphasizes the importance of conducting studies in a uniform manner to enable the collected data to be comparable appropriately with the methods used so far.

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