dr. robert a. erickson
JUDITH A. ERICKSON, R.D., M.ED.
LEVEL II CLINICAL THERMOGRAPHER
MEDICAL ASSISTANT / CLINICAL THERMOGRAPHER
This site is dedicated to providing information on Thermography (both for breast health and pain evaluation), risk assessment, breast cancer early detection, and risks from radiation exposure from mammography. The information provided through this web site is intended for educational purposes only. Although this information may assist you in making informed decisions about your health, it is not a substitute for profession care nor is it intended as medical advice. The authors, editors, and contributors shall have no liability, obligation or responsibility to any person or entity for any loss, damage, or adverse consequence alleged to have happened directly or indirectly as a consequence of this material. If you have a health problem, you should consult with your health care provider.
Thermographies are done at the Center on Fridays only.
Gainesville Thermography, LLC, is dedicated to offering a safe, effective and painless way to assess a woman’s breast health and in assisting patients and physicians in the diagnosis of painful conditions. We offer state of the art equipment in a Meditherm 2000 unit, which is an FDA approved unit identical to the equipment being used at major medical centers such as Duke University and the University of California. All staff at Gainesville Thermography are certified clinical thermographers and all thermography scans are interpreted by qualified doctors. Gainesville Thermography, LLC is owned by Judith A. Erickson, R.N., M.Ed. who is the wife of Robert A. Erickson, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.. Dr. Erickson is the medical director of both Gainesville Thermography and the Preventive Medicine Center of Gainesville. We are also members in good standing of ACCT (American College of Clinical Thermology).
In the video below Dr. Tom Hudson talks about mammography and breast thermography. He is a board-certified radiologist who has incorporated breast thermography interpretation into his practice. Please click on the video below to watch.
WHAT DOES BREAST THERMOGRAPHY OFFER?
THE EARLIEST BREAST CANCER DETECTION AVAILABLE
Breast Thermography has the ability to warn women (or men) up to 8 – 10 years before any other method currently available that a cancer may be forming. This allows prompt diagnosis and early treatment before invasive tumor growth has occurred.
Radiation causes damage to DNA and chromosomes. There is no “safe” level of radiation according to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency.
Mammography requires compression of a woman’s breasts and this is often uncomfortable or even painful. There is no body contact with Thermography.
Thermography is as accurate as mammography at 90%. It is more accurate in younger women with dense breast tissue, overweight women, and in women with fibrocystic breasts or breast implants. It also evaluates all areas of the breasts and regional lymph nodes, whereas mammography misses portions of the breast tissue. Approximately 1/3 of all breast cancers occur in women under 45, where mammography is not recommended.
ESTROGEN EFFECT ON BREASTS SHOWN
The single greatest risk factor in the development of breast cancer is if a woman has an estrogen dominant effect on her breasts. Thermography can provide information on estrogen effect that a doctor can use to treat and decrease a woman’s breast cancer risk. Even more important, Thermography can demonstrate whether treatment is having a beneficial effect.
WHAT DOES THERMOGRAPHY OFFER FOR EVALUATION OF PAIN?
THERMOGRAPHY VISUALIZES PAIN
Thermography is the only method currently available for visualizing pain in the body. It can assess pain and pathology anywhere in the body.
Radiation causes damage to DNA and chromosomes. Radiation is a known causal factor in the development of some cancers. Thermography does not use radiation and is risk-free.
WHOLE BODY EVALUATIONS
A thermogram of the entire body can be taken. This is not safely possible with CT scans due to high radiation exposure.
FILLS IN THE GAPS IN DIAGNOSIS OF PAIN OR INJURY
X-ray, CT, Ultrasound and MRI are all tests that look at anatomy or structure. Thermography is complementary to these tests and is unique in that it looks for physiological change. It can visualize painful areas when X-ray or MRI has not demonstrated the cause, such as in a hairline fracture, soft tissue injury, or neck pain from a whiplash.