Temperature change associated with disease has been known for centuries. The Egyptians use to monitor skin temperature change by moving their fingers across a body surface. Hippocrates, one of the Ancient Greeks, was recorded applying wet mud to a cloth and draping it over the patient’s thorax. He determined that the area to dry first was the problematic point and in so doing took the first ‘thermo gram’ over 2,400 years ago.
The development of instrumentation to produce thermal maps of large surface has provided a new approach to the study of body heat to detect disease. Infrared Thermal Imaging was initially developed for military applications. Since the end of the Cold War it has been made available commercially. The Infrared (IR or Infrared Thermal Imaging) is now the fastest growing diagnostic and management tool available in the medical and veterinary fields.
However Vets and owners have been feeling and palpating limbs for centuries to gauge where injuries have occurred. Temperature difference has been a key indicator. The detection is not new but what is new is the sensitivity and degree of objectivity that thermal imaging now provides.
These are the technologies that are now being utilized at Midwest Thermal Imaging.
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.