Infrared Thermal Imaging in Veterinary Medicine
Infrared thermal imaging provides a measurement, compilation, and visualization of the radiated electromagnetic energy being emitted from the patient. This information provides a real time physiological exam of the circulatory, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems. This technology has been in the veterinary literature since the 1960’s and in the human medical field since the early 1970’s. The American Academy of Thermology published revised veterinary guidelines in Sept. of 2019 which set the standards of resolution, thermal sensitivity, and accuracy the same as those set in the human medical field. Infrared thermal imaging provides: early detection of anatomical areas that would benefit from further evaluation and diagnostics, an objective monitor of the patient’s progress regardless of the treatment procedures, protocol, or modality, and visualization of the patient allowing client understanding which supports your recommendations.