Medical thermography cameras detect heat patterns in the body. Since horses cannot communicate the location of their pain, medical thermography cameras can fill the gap to detect and prevent lameness.
An examination by a veterinarian often explains a horse’s leg problems and provides direction for treatment. However, sometimes a physical examination does not offer enough guidance for treatment. Horses have minor injuries that may result in permanent harm. They need to be identified and treated.
Some equine injuries can go for a long time without a diagnosis. Sometimes the injuries are tricky to identify using typical veterinarian examinations. A thermography camera (Digital Infrared Thermographic Imaging, or DITI) can quickly and easily make a thermographic image of the entire horse. These thermographic scans often show stress sites, multiple injuries, or referred pain syndromes in horses. These can very often indicate the causes, and/or the symptoms, of an equine problem.
Medical thermographic scans are non-invasive. The technique involves no risks, and there are never side effects. An x-ray bombards the body with radiation and requires the horse be anesthisized. The thermography camera detects heat emitted by the body.
The horse owner has the option of getting a thermographic image of the entire horse, or only suspect areas.
The equine body is naturally symmetric, and thermal patterns should be the same on both sides of the body (in most cases). Thermographic scans accurately show heat patterns allowing the veterinary thermologist to look for asymmetry to indicate abnormal function or physiology. Hyperthermic patterns (warmer temperatures) will display as warmer colors like yellow or red. Hypothermic patterns will display as cooler colors like blue. Vets can use these scans to both identify soft-tissue and skeletal problems in horses andmonitor therapy.
At Clinical Thermography Business, we recommend and sell the Meditherm med2000 IRIS 7.5 camera for both human and animal use. This camera is designed specifically for medical thermographic use.