“This partnership makes it so that women from southeastern Utah no longer have to travel to Salt Lake City to obtain their thermograms,” Kelly Wobrock, owner of Utah Thermography, said in a news release. “It also enables us to serve a much larger percentage of the local population since it has been unfeasible for many to make the trip up north.”
Grand County Wellness Center will provide the location and logistical support, along with follow-up for women to help them understand their thermograms and treat abnormalities, officials said in the news release.
“The real benefit of thermography is not in detecting cancer. It is in detecting changes in a woman’s breasts that lead to cancer,” said Wobrock, who is a certified technician in medical thermography. “It’s like driving down a road with potholes in it. Would you rather look ahead of you and go around the potholes, or stop your car and get out every few feet to see if you have hit one?”
Thermography involves no radiation exposure or compression of breast tissue. Accuracy is not affected by breast size, fibrocystic changes, or breast implants, officials said. Thermography is also useful for identifying abnormalities following breast removal surgery, according to the news release.
Thermography measures differences in temperature between different areas of the breast and can often detect the first signs that cancer may be forming up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it, officials said in the news release. Cancer cells are highly metabolically active and require their own dedicated blood supply long before they can actually divide into enough cells to form a tumor. That blood supply behaves differently than the rest of the blood vessels in the body, creating “hot spots” on the thermographic image, according to the news release.
Utah Thermography uses a state-of-the-art infrared camera to obtain the images that are then sent to a certified thermologist with 39 years of experience interpreting images from around the country.
Currently, thermograms are performed in Moab every other month. Appointments are now being taken for Saturday, Aug. 18.
For more information, visit UtahThermography.com or call 801-885-4616. To schedule an appointment in Moab, call Grand County Wellness Center at 435-259-4466.