Medical applications of digital infrared thermography

Thermography is ideal for PREVENTIVE medicine.

“As simple as taking your picture.”

  • It is simple.  It’s as simple as taking your picture.
  • It is 100% Safe.
    • Nothing is emitted from the camera.
    • Nothing is injected into your body.
    • There is no risk of damage to the fragile cellular DNA
  • No Radiation!
  • It is painless.  There is no contact or compression.
  • It is inexpensive (compared to other diagnostic imaging procedures).
  • It is effective for men, women and children.
Abnormal body temperature is a natural indicator of illness. Digital Infrared thermography (DITI) is a fast, passive, non-contact and non-invasive alternative to conventional clinical thermometers for monitoring body temperature. It can also map body surface temperature remotely. The last five decades witnessed a steady increase in the utility of thermal imaging cameras to obtain correlations between the thermal physiology and skin temperature. DITI has been successfully used in diagnosis of breast abnormalities, diabetes neuropathy and peripheral vascular disorders. It has also been used to detect problems associated with gynecology, kidney transplantation, dermatology, heart, neonatal physiology, fever screening and brain imaging. With the advent of modern infrared cameras, data acquisition and processing techniques, it is now possible to have real time high resolution thermographic images, which is likely to surge further research in this field. The present efforts are focused on automatic analysis of temperature distribution of regions of interest and their statistical analysis for detection of abnormalities.  Clinical uses for DITI include;
To define the extent of a lesion of which a diagnosis has previously been made;
To localise an abnormal area not previously identified, so further diagnostic tests can be performed;
To detect early lesions before they are clinically evident;
To monitor the healing process before the patient is returned to work or training.

 
 

Medical DITI is filling the gap in clinical diagnosis …

 

X ray, C.T. Ultrasound and M.R.I. etc., are tests of anatomy.

 

E.M.G. is a test of motor physiology.

 

DITI is unique in its capability to show physiological change and metabolic processes. It has also proven to be a very useful complementary procedure to other diagnostic modalities.

Unlike most diagnostic modalities DITI is non invasive. It is a very sensitive and reliable means of graphically mapping and displaying skin surface temperature. With DITI you can diagnosis, evaluate, monitor and document a large number of injuries and conditions, including soft tissue injuries and sensory/autonomic nerve fibre dysfunction.

Medical DITI can offer considerable financial savings by avoiding the need for more expensive investigations. Medical DITI can graphically display the very subjective feeling of pain by objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that accompany pain states. Medical DITI can show a combined effect of the autonomic nervous system and the vascular system, down to capillary dysfunctions. The effects of these changes show as asymmetry’s in temperature distribution on the surface of the body. Medical DITI is a monitor of thermal abnormalities present in a number of diseases and physical injuries. It is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as therapy follow up and rehabilitation monitoring, within clinical fields that include Rheumatology, neurology, physiotherapy, sports medicine, oncology, pediatrics, orthopedics and many others. Results obtained with medical DITI systems are totally objective and show excellent correlation with other diagnostic tests.

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