Museum's Thermal Imaging Camera Spots Woman's Breast Cancer
Wed, April 21, 2021

Museum's Thermal Imaging Camera Spots Woman's Breast Cancer


During a family trip on the school holidays, 41-year-old mom Bal Gill was visiting Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh when its Thermal Camera, an attraction installed in 2009, detected a red heat patch over her left breast, reported Sam Corbishley of Metro, the UK’s highest-circulating newspaper. 

The patch did not appear in anyone’s photos other than the museum’s Thermal Camera, which allows visitors to see their body’s heat map. Gil also flicked through her photos at home, and she found the same patch again. She then booked an appointment with a professional, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer.


Photo Credit: Camera Obscura & World of Illusions/SWNS (via Metro)


Luckily, Gil’s breast cancer was only in its early stages. She thanked the museum for changing her life, because without the photo, she would have remained oblivious of her illness. 

According to Gil, she took a photo of her heat map and carried on enjoying the museum’s attractions. Upon returning home, she found out what the hot spot meant after reading articles about breast cancer and thermal imaging cameras. Gil said, “I have now had two surgeries and have one to go to prevent it from spreading. 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.”


Photo Credit: Google Maps (via Metro)


General manager of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Andrew Johnson commented that the museum did not realize that its Thermal Camera “had the potential to detect life-changing symptoms.” They were moved by Gill’s story as breast cancer hits close to home for Johnson and his team. He added, “It’s amazing that Bal noticed the difference in the image and crucially acted on it promptly. We wish her all the best with her recovery and hope to meet her and her family in the future.”




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