Thermography devices are FDA-approved infrared scanning devices that show heat patterns on the body. While these devices are approved for use, they were never intended to be used as standalone diagnostic imaging equipment. Many wellness centers, clinics, health spas, and even some hospitals, however, have recommended thermography as a suitable alternative to getting a mammogram.
The FDA wants patients and healthcare providers alike to know that thermography is not an effective tool for detecting or diagnosing breast cancer.
Thermography vs. Mammogram—Why it Matters
Some thermogram device companies claim that thermography can detect breast cancer long before mammograms do. So, a person might think they are cancer-free after a thermography session and never get the more reliable mammogram screening. This misleading claim could lead to tragic cancer cases that could have been prevented had the cancer been caught earlier.
Faulty Breast Cancer Diagnosis? Call an Atlanta Lawyer
Were you told by a health care provider that all you needed was thermography to check for breast cancer and then suffered as a result of an inaccurate diagnosis?
You may have a medical malpractice case on your hands.
Cancer is a serious health issue and accurate and timely diagnostic imaging can make all the difference in a successful recovery. You need to be informed of all your medical treatment and diagnostic options when seeking healthcare. If a medical professional gives you misleading information that causes you to make a decision that’s detrimental to your health, then they may be liable for medical malpractice such as failure to diagnose.
Contact an Atlanta lawyer for advice if you think you may have been a victim of false information about breast cancer diagnosis.
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