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J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2010 Jul 1;4(4):857-62.

Thermal imaging today and its relevance to diabetes.

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Medical Imaging Research Unit, Faculty of Advanced Technology, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, United Kingdom. efring@glam.ac.uk

Abstract

From the historic and simple assessment of temperature by the clinical thermometer, modern infrared technology has opened up new perspectives, especially in the use of thermal imaging to map body surface temperature with a remote sensing camera. Since the 1960s, there is now a greater understanding of thermal physiology and the relationship between skin temperature and blood perfusion. Furthermore, the examination technique, and the advantages of computer-aided digital imaging has greatly improved the reliability of this technology in medicine. Studies in diabetology have shown the value of this new facility and its relevance to clinical assessment of peripheral perfusion and tissue viability.

PMID:
20663449
PMCID:
PMC2909517
DOI:
10.1177/193229681000400414
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