About Equine Thermography?
Infrared thermal technology provides the horse owner and equine professional with an advanced tool with which to locate heat, inflammation, cold, reduced blood circulation and impaired nerve function.
Equine Thermography is an important and practical management, training and health maintenance tool for horse owners, trainers, riders, veterinary practitioners, equine bodyworkers, saddlers, farriers and other auxiliary para-professionals in the horse industry.
This Infrared Thermographic technology is highly sophisticated and can reveal surface temperature differences with more subtlety and clarity than the human hand. The human hand detects heat changes that are greater than 2 degrees. The IR camera detects heat changes of 0.1 degrees differences.
Body Heat Indicators
Temperature changes are a foremost indicator of changes happening within the body systems. When there is a temperature change in the body you can identify the source of the problem quickly so that you can reduce the amount of stress the horse is being subjected to and/or start appropriate diagnostic investigation and treatment.
Quick and Non-Invasive
Infrared Thermography is a quick, non-invasive, non-contact technique which gives you a fast 'in the moment' visual image and maps clearly the subtle changes in surface temperature.
The viewing screen shows a clear visual image which reveals heat and cold thermal patterns using a colour palette to make the relative temperature differences easy to see.
Artifacts & Anomolies
Visual artifacts and anomolies are carefully addressed by your thermographist ensuring that readings are interpreted with accuracy.
Good preparation of your horse and good preparaton of the environment are paramount to ensure an accurate and meaningful visual representation.
Images easily available.
Images can be saved to the computer for later reference and produced in a format that can be easily used by yourself, your vet, farrier, saddler, physiotherapist, equine therapist, bodyworker or other equine specialist.
You will be provided with up to 3 printed images on the day and you can request more.
Equine Thermography has three main roles
Equine Thermography has functional uses
The Camera and the Technology
Due to the advancements in technology the cameras are now relatively small and hand held meaning that the examination can take place in the horse's own environment instead of expensive and timely transportation to a veterinary clinic.
The camera used is a hand held TH7800N Infrared Thermal Imager. It gives a high quality image of 320 x 240 pixels with a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. This provides a high quality thermal image giving excellent differentiation of temperature variations. The colour palette allows tempterature differences to be clearly observed and will give the specific temperature readings at specific locations. The software allows the observer to mark out particular spots for comparisons and allows the image to be viewed within different temperature ranges thereby providing further clarity into the source of the hottest or coolest area.
The images are downloaded onto a computer and images can be printed out on site or can be saved to file to be included in a written report.
Thermography at the Olympics
The benefits of thermography became the most apparent during the 1996 Atlanta Games where it was the single most requested method to monitering for injury and identifying performance problems. It is likely that Thermography Imaging will have an important role in the upcoming Bejing Olympics to identify heat stress and health or injury assessment.