Thermal camera at museum detects tourist's early-stage cancer


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Thermal imaging cameras are sometimes used to help oncologists diagnose cancers.

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Published: Thu 24 Oct 2019, 2:13 PM

Last updated: Thu 24 Oct 2019, 4:24 PM

A visit to museum proved to be life-changing for a woman after a thermal imaging camera detected she had breast cancer.
Bal Gill, 41, said the thermal camera, a tourist attraction at the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, in Edinburgh, detected the red heat radiating from her breast. Gill took pictures of the heat patch over her breast and continued with the museum visit, reported MSN.
But once back home, she searched online and found thermal imaging cameras are sometimes used to help oncologists diagnose cancers. She made a quick appointment with her doctor and was diagnosed with breast cancer in the 'really early stages'.
Gill who is now waiting for a third surgery to stop the disease from spreading, said, "While making our way through the floors we got to the thermal imaging camera room. As all families do, we entered and started to wave our arms and look at the images created. I noticed a heat patch coming from my breast."
Gill, from Slough, decided to thank the team at the Camera Obscura. "I just wanted to say thank you - without that camera I would never have known. I know it's not the intention of the camera but for me it really was a life-changing visit," Gill added. Post the diagnosis, Gill has had two surgeries done.
Speaking about Gill's discovery, general manager, Andrew Johnson, said, "We did not realise that our thermal camera had the potential to detect life-changing symptoms in this way. It's amazing that Gill noticed the difference in the image and, crucially, acted on it promptly."

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