Dr. Robson is the Veterinary Technical Director and instructor for EquineIR(tm). She is a certified thermographer through the Infraspection Institute.
Equine thermal imaging is a non-invasive diagnostic tool to help with early detection and prevention of injuries and problems It is safe, inexpensive, and highly effective for localizing lesions and identifying inflammation and circulatory changes associated with soft tissues and bones.
Thermal imaging detects radiant heat from the body that is converted by a special camera into images viewable by the human eye.
Equine thermal imaging can be used to detect abnormalities of tendon-ligaments, bones, the spine and back, muscles, and hooves. Infrared is also very useful for saddle-fitting, showing imbalances in pressure over the horse's back.
Thermal imaging should be incorporated into pre-purchase evaluations, detecting problems that may be missed by a standard lameness evaluation and radiographs.
A series of 28-30 images is typically taken by a trained technician, then submitted for a veterinarian's professional interpretation.
Thermal imaging shows inflammation as well as regions of decreased circulation or nerve damage, such as the right forelimb on this patient.
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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 1999 Apr;15(1):161-77, viii.
Thermographic diagnostics in equine back pain.Graf von Schweinitz D.
Infrared thermographic imaging (ITI) is the most sensitive objective imaging currently available for the detection of back disease in horses. It is, however, only a physiological study primarily of vasomotor tone overlying other superficial tissue factors. Interpretation requires extreme care in imaging protocol and in understanding the significance of altered sympathetic nervous tone and the sympathetic distribution. Most discussions on back pain have centered on nociception and inflammatory events. ITI provides information and localization for more significant than diagnosing areas of hot spots. Chronic back pain usually involves vasoconstriction at the affected sites and from ITI studies in man, we have an opportunity to appreciate chronic pain phenomena that involves non-inflammatory events. These occur commonly in horses, but are still seldom recognized and treated. LEARN MORE
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