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The staff of physicians and technicians at Carolina Thermascan promote women's health by helping to detect cancerous activity in breast tissue before tumors form. Physicians begin the 30-minute Thermascan by asking patients to disrobe from the waist up and submerge their hands in cool water for one minute to yield a physiologic response that benefits the doctor's reading of the scan. Once fingers are sufficiently pruney, the noninvasive, radiation-free Thermascan monitors surface temperatures of the breast tissue and an infrared camera helps highlight vascular-breast patterns. High-resolution diagnostic images capture the data, which the physicians survey for bright splotches of color that indicate high temperatures and peaked vascular activity, indicative of high biochemical activity, or potentially, a tumor.