Medical Thermography applications
Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, described many centuries ago already that if a difference in temperature
in the human skin is found, a pathological abnormality is probable. He smeared a thin layer of wet mud on his patient?s body for the purpose of documenting areas that dried first.
How to see temperature differences?
Infrared Screening or Medical Thermography is based on the measurement of the skin surface temperature. This temperature is dependent on the blood circulation in the outer millimeters of the skin. This blood flow is subject to complex regulation
by the nervous system and local factors, therefore it is not possible to "see" the condition of the internal organs with Thermography but pathological processes such as tumors, inflammation or tissue damage etc.
instead, as these processes have an impact on the parent skin. The underlying processes lead to vascular and nerve reactions which can be displayed as different heat patterns (thermogram) by means of Infrared Screening.
Medical fields which already apply Medical Thermography are primarily, but not limited to:
- Integrative Health Care
- Plastic Surgery