Is IR (infrared) used enough in medicine?

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Offline CliffordK

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Is IR (infrared) used enough in medicine?
« on: 04/01/2013 01:14:06 »
Often the body's response to an insult is inflammation, vasodilation, and more blood flow and heat. 

For example, the last time I whacked my thumb with a hammer, I noticed that it felt warm for several days, although I presume the actual temperature difference was quite low.  However, I have no doubt that it would have stuck out...  well like a sore thumb in an IR image.

Obviously IR is non-specific.  However, the testing equipment should be relatively inexpensive, non-invasive, and should help track inflammation, and the extent of the inflammation, and perhaps even show changes over time which would help determine if an insult is resolving.

I did note that there is some current research in the field.
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.79.489&rep=rep1&type=pdf
http://www.meditherm.com/thermography_page1.htm

It just seems like I haven't heard much about it, other than tympanic thermometers.

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Re: Is IR (infrared) used enough in medicine?
« Reply #1 on: 04/01/2013 07:48:34 »