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.
1. History of Thermal Imaging since 1960 2. Basic Thermal Physics: Heat Exchange and Infrared Radiation 3. Basic Thermal Physiology: What Processes Lead to the Temperature Distribution on the Skin Surface 4. Infrared Thermal Imagers 5. Quality Assurance Procedures and Infrared Equipment Operation 6. Standard Protocol and Provocation Tests 7. How Should a Clinical Thermal Image be Recorded and Evaluated?