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Female breast. Thermogram of a side view of a woman's torso, showing the breast. The woman's arm is held up; the breast is at centre right. A thermogram records infrared radiation that is given off by the skin as a measure of its temperature. Temperature colour-codes represent the hottest regions: white, yellow to red; coolest regions are from blue, purple to black. Here, the area under the arm is hottest (yellow) and in the fold under the breast. The breast is warmer than the lower back and arm. A breast thermogram may be used to detect constrictions in blood vessels (cold) or cancerous tumours (hot).
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