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Sensors (Basel). 2010;10(5):4700-15. doi: 10.3390/s100504700. Epub 2010 May 7.

An overview of recent application of medical infrared thermography in sports medicine in Austria.

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Department of Sport Science, University of Innsbruck, Fuerstenweg 185, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria. carolin.hildebrandt@uibk.ac.at

Abstract

Medical infrared thermography (MIT) is used for analyzing physiological functions related to skin temperature. Technological advances have made MIT a reliable medical measurement tool. This paper provides an overview of MIT's technical requirements and usefulness in sports medicine, with a special focus on overuse and traumatic knee injuries. Case studies are used to illustrate the clinical applicability and limitations of MIT. It is concluded that MIT is a non-invasive, non-radiating, low cost detection tool which should be applied for pre-scanning athletes in sports medicine.

KEYWORDS:

infrared sensor technology; injury management; knee; thermal imaging

PMID:
22399901
PMCID:
PMC3292141
DOI:
10.3390/s100504700
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