Equine Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography is a non-invasive, non-contact, tool that uses the very latest infrared imaging equipment and computer software to detect minute differences in the horse’s thermal and neural condition. Thermography is a qualitative assessment of temperatures. The infrared camera measures heat emissions from the body, visible as a thermal image. It can quickly and efficiently identify areas that may require further investigation. Your vet can then make a decision on any treatment needed and thermography can then be used to monitor the recovery. Infrared Equine Thermography will help you to build an accurate picture of what is going on beneath the surface of an individual horse. It provides the horse owner and equine professional with an advanced visual aid with which to locate heat, inflammation, tissue tone, cold, reduced blood circulation and some affected nerve functions. A valuable addition to existing diagnostic tools, thermal imaging is non-invasive, emits no radiation and can be repeated as frequently as required.
I travel to your premises where I perform a thermal examination adhering to strict industry standard protocols - AAT Veterinary Guidelines and ISO 18434 Standards for thermography. The examination is a non-contact technique that provides a pictorial representation of the surface temperature of the horse’s body.
A full Body Scan typically takes about 40 minutes depending on the horse. Depending on the reason for the scan I will usually take both before and after exercise images, (usually 15 minutes lunge at walk and trot). This allows me to see the vasculature and weight bearing of the horse pre and post exercise, giving me valuable information. A complete, full body scan highlights any area needing more critical evaluation.
I generate an extensive report that meets the standards and protocols expected in both the Veterinary and Thermal Imaging industries in both written and digital forms. Prior to my visit I will issue you with 'Preparation Guidelines', these will help you prepare your horse and the scanning environment correctly so enabling us to achieve the best possible images.