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The Thermal Human Body

A Practical Guide to Thermal Imaging

edited by Kurt Ammer and Francis Ring

“This is a thoroughly enjoyable book for scientists, engineers, and novice users interested in the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of thermal imaging. The text begins with the history of thermal imaging of the human body, emphasizing drawbacks faced at different points. Chapter 2 provides a thorough review of the related physics concepts, with equations and units that will satisfy readers with STEM backgrounds. In Chapter 3, the authors present how the body works, including how heat is generated and distributed within the body. The body’s feedback loop model to regulate body temperature through thermoreceptors and thermoeffectors, both autonomically and behaviorally, is clearly explained and illustrated by various temperature measurements from different parts of the body. Chapter 4 reviews existing technologies for detecting and displaying infrared images. Chapter 5 summarizes equipment operation for accurate measurements, including calibration and stability, with relevant equipment specifications. Sample images of different human body parts are provided in Chapter 6, illustrating procedures for quality image acquisition from patients, image analysis, and interpretation. The final chapter summarizes equipment and patient preparation for thermal imaging involving various conditions. Many useful definitions are provided throughout to support readers in learning the introduced concepts. A valuable reference for anyone in biomedical sciences, engineering, and other medical fields.”

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814745826
  • Subject: Biomedical Imaging
  • Published: May 2019
  • Pages: 272

This book is a guide for the constantly growing community of the users of medical thermal imaging. It describes where and how an infrared equipment can be used in a strictly standardised way and how one can ultimately comprehensively report the findings. Due to their insight into the complex mechanisms behind the distribution of surface temperature, future users of medical thermal imaging should be able to provide careful, and cautious, interpretations of infrared thermograms, thus avoiding the pitfalls of the past. The authors are well-known pioneers of the technique of infrared imaging in medicine who have combined strict standard-based evaluation of medical thermal images with their expertise in clinical medicine and related fields of health management.

Key Features:

  • Combines the physics of heat transfer with thermal physiology to understand skin temperature distribution
  • Provides a framework for standardised recording and analysis of medical thermal images
  • Includes an atlas of body positions of proven reproducibility for infrared image capture
  • Proposes regions of interests for reliable quantitative analysis