At Modern Gynecology & Reproductive Health, we are committed to providing innovative new technology to improve patient care, and we are very excited to introduce the Celbrea® thermal breast mapping device to Memphis. This is the newest innovation in evaluation for breast disease.
- Breast cancer is a common disease that strikes fear in the hearts of most people.
- Breast cancer is the most prevalent cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States.
- Evaluation for breast disease utilizes a combination of physical examination, self-examination and radiologic evaluation, and mammography has been proven to be a highly effective tool to assist with early diagnosis of breast cancer.
There are other modalities that can be helpful in evaluation for breast disease, including ultrasound and MRI. But, those tests can be difficult and expensive and require a visit to an imaging center.
Celbrea is a new technology that is a Thermal Activity Indicator. It provides a way to add to the existing standard evaluation protocols with an evaluation system that can be done in your doctor’s office with a quick, painless examination. Celbrea is not intended to replace an exam or mammogram, but it can provide another way to gather information.
- What is Celbrea?
- It utilizes devices that are applied to both breasts painlessly with a light adhesive (they are basically thin, circular pads)
- The devices stay in place for 15 minutes while you rest comfortably
- The physician then evaluates the data from the devices on the spot
- How does Celbrea work?
- The devices compare the temperature of the skin between the two breasts
- Studies have shown that breast tumors have a slightly higher temperature than surrounding breast tissue because they cause formation of small blood vessels
- What information will Celbrea give me and my doctor?
- The Celbrea system can identify areas of the breast with increased temperature. The next step for evaluation is usually targeted mammography or another imaging test.
- Who should get the Celbrea test?
- People with a desire for increased information are good candidates for Celbrea.
- The test has no age limit, and can be done in younger patients who are not candidates for mammography
- The test can also be helpful in evaluation in women with dense breast tissue
- It may also be helpful in evaluation in people with inconclusive or incomplete mammographic evaluation
- Will my insurance pay for Celbrea?
- The device has FDA certification for use but at this time, it is generally not covered by insurance.
- The cost of Celbrea is very reasonable
Finding and utilizing effective new technology is part of a modern approach to healthcare. At Modern Gynecology & Reproductive Health, we are committed to providing cutting edge, reliable care, and are thrilled to bring new technology to the Memphis community. Contact us today for more information about Celbrea and to schedule an appointment!
Susan Lacy MD FACOG
Dr. Susan Lacy is the founder of Modern Gynecology & Reproductive Health & MORE Aesthetics.