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Now that you have received your report from
EMI (Electronic Medical Interpretation)...
You are asking yourself: "What do I do next?"
You may or may not choose to have your doctor read your report, which is a personal choice. But, it is always advised that you have your doctor read your "entire report" and pay close attention to the "Follow Up" and "Discussion" sections. For example: The report may state that you should have further "Clinical Correlation" or "Clinical Evaluation". This is informing your doctor that further testing is needed. There may also be technical terms that you may not understand, which your doctor will be able to explain to you easily.
Being sent for a 2nd type of test is not unusual, since Thermography, Mammograms and Ultrasounds are 3 completely different types of tests that detect breast disease in different ways. Sometimes women will have a thermogram and then be sent to have a mammogram or ultrasound. The same as women that choose to first have a mammogram will then be sent to have a thermogram or ultrasound. All of these tests are used as an adjunct to each other to make sure that you are healthy and disease free.
Breast thermography offers women information that no other procedure can provide. However, breast thermography is not a replacement for or an alternative to mammography, ultrasound or any other form of breast imaging. Breast thermography is meant to be used in addition to mammography, ultrasound and other tests or procedures. Breast thermography, mammography and ultrasound are complementary procedures, one test does not replace the other. All thermography reports are meant to identify thermal emissions that suggest potential risk markers only and do not in any way suggest diagnosis and/or treatment.
Studies show that the earliest detection is realized when multiple tests are used together. This multimodal approach includes breast self-examinations, physical breast exams by a doctor, mammography, ultrasound, MRI, Pet Scan, thermography, and other tests that may be ordered by your doctor.