This website was conceived in 1999 by Dr. William Cockburn, a pioneer and long time educator in Medical Thermal Imaging. The purpose of the site was originally designed to provide simple and effective information concerning the scope of practice related to medical thermal imaging. The site was specifically designed to be a not for profit website with no spam, no contact to any visit from us or any of our partners and absolutely no sales of any kind.
The site is for your education and is extensive and updated regularly. You can read more about Dr Cockburn and his extensive qualifications below.
How Does Mom Fit In?
Following the death of his mother, Isabelle to breast cancer, Dr Cockburn began to research how this disease affects women and their families. He learned that breast thermography or medical infrared imaging had not been well utilized in the United States but there was a significant body of literature and double blinded studies confirming its use. In addition, the US FDA had approved thermal imaging 6 years prior to his mothers’ death as an adjunctive screening procedure. (Visit our library section for many interesting and informative articles)
Dr Cockburn re-dedicated his career to providing thermal imaging services and this website, which has evolved ever since.
Isabelle died of complications from breast cancer after it had been missed for over a decade by conventional mammography. Had she had thermal imaging as an additional procedure, she might have lived out her life without the pain and suffering that was to take her.
It is for this reason and this reason only, that this organization has been formed and dedicated to Isabelle Tracy Cockburn.
Information to Physicians and the General Public
This site has an extensive library of articles and image files for you to see and read. Until the passing of Dr. William Cockburn in January 2012 this site was updated regularly. Even though the site is no longer updated, it still provides a resource for anyone from the private, professional and government sectors. Everything on this website is free for you to use. We do appreciate your honoring International and United States Copyright Laws and ask permission before reproduction of anything on this site.
Referral Sources for Qualified Physicians and Thermography Labs
In the Find a Lab section you will find a list of all known Board Certified Technicians and Physicians in the Thermal Imaging Field. We do not list un-certified individuals or labs. Our qualification process is very easy. We ask doctors, technicians and laboratories to submit to us HIPPA Compliant copies of their work product, meaning - image files and written reports. We also ask for the make, model and year of purchase for their thermal imaging camera and software as well as a certification document for its most recent calibration.
For this reason, you will find that the list of qualified labs is limited at this time, as many offices do not need referrals, do not want referrals or do simply not qualify by our standard of care.
We do not discriminate in our decision making process and being listed on our site has always been, and will remain, free of charge. Our commitment to Quality Evidence Based Thermal Imaging will not be compromised.
(c) breastthermography.org - this website is an archived version.