Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), also known as thermography is an FDA approved, non-invasive diagnostic tool. Thermography is especially useful in detecting the origin and extent of an injury or lameness, pain and inflammation.
Some important features of thermography are:
- An excellent screening tool that does NOT require sedation
- Emits no radiation and can be repeated as frequently as needed and may eliminate other expensive investigation tools.
The primary benefits of thermography are twofold. One, thermography can help to precisely detect where your pet is experiencing pain and inflammation and two, provide valuable information to assist the veterinarian with the treatment plan.
By providing a visual management tool for monitoring or treating injury, illness or disease, you as owners or professionals have a valuable addition to the existing diagnostic tools such as X-rays MRI scan ultrasounds now being offered by your Veterinarian.
Thermal Imaging Application & Benefits
Preparing Your Pet For Thermal Imaging
The horse should equilibrate with ambient conditions for sufficient time to approximate a steady state. The equilibration period should be at least 10-15 minutes. During the equilibration period the horse should remain uncovered with rugs and bandages removed.
The horse owner / trainer may be provided with instructions intended to reduce the likelihood of artifacts or inconclusive thermography.