Thermography

Thermography is the term used to describe the technique of mapping skin temperature patterns and interpreting that information to assess physiologic status.

It is a non-invasive, non-contact way that uses the heat from your body to aid in diagnosing the host of healthcare conditions. Thermography is completely safe and uses no radiation.

This is easy-to-use technology for examing and monitoring patients quickly and accurately.

W ciągu ostatnich pięciu dekad wzrosła użyteczność diagnostycznego obrazowania termograficznego w celu uzyskania korelacji między fizjologią termiczną a temperaturą skóry.

Common applications include, but are not limited to:

  • Breast Cancer Detection
  • Melanoma & Hemangioma Cancer Detection
  • Thyroid Cancer Detection
  • Assessment of peripheral vascular disease
  • Evaluation of Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Detection of Infection State
  • Evaluation of Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal

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Thermographic imaginig in various medical applications

Cryotherapy

The cooling of the body surface leads to the extension of the temperature range of the tested surface and leads to the visualization of details that are impossible to notice on thermograms made without the influence of a low temperature factor.

Badania prowadzone były na grupie pacjentów z różnymi schorzeniami kręgosłupa: Spondyloartroza, Rwa kulszowa, Zesztywniające Zapalenie Stawów Kręgosłupa

Blood Vessels Diseases

Podstawą zastosowania termowizji w ocenie schorzeń naczyń krwionośnych stanowi tzw. „efekt dermotermiczny”. Zmianom patologicznym towarzyszy miejscowy wzrost, bądź spadek temperatury łożyska naczyniowego i okolicznych tkanek miękkich.

Infrared thermography enables the qualitative assessment of vascular changes, especially superficially located peripheral vessels. With a certain approximation, the obtained thermal images allow assessing the vessels' deformation or the extent of micro-infusions and the extent of inflammatory processes in soft tissues.

Sports Medicine

During physical exercise, the human body uses energy while increasing the internal body temperature. In order for thermal energy to be expelled from the body, it must first be transported from inside the body to the skin.

 

Podczas testów wydolnościowych potwierdza się istnienie silnych korelacji pomiędzy temperaturą ciała, a parametrami oddechowymi takimi jak np. pobór tlenu O2.

 

Dentistry

The onset of inflammation in the body is related to the immune system's response to disturbed homeostasis, including pathogens, damaged cells or toxins. When considering inflammation at the tissue level, phenomena such as redness, swelling, increased temperature, pain, and tissue function loss resulting from the local vascular and inflammatory cell responses can be observed.

This allows the use of infrared thermography as a diagnostic method in the localization of inflammation and pathologies and monitoring healing and recovery processes during and after treatment.

Diagnosis of Breast Diseases

The most important thing in the thermal imaging diagnostics of breast diseases is that the technique gives us information about the physiology and its changes in the gland. Indirectly, one can conclude the course of angiogenesis and its changes in the gland, not about the gland's structure itself. This is crucial because, from the perspective of disease risk assessment, it is important to know that physiological changes will occur long before structural changes occur.