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Infrared thermography and acupuncture of the lobe of the outer ear in patients with facial pain
Author(s): Ricardo Rossi; Eliseo Gallego Lluesma
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Paper Abstract

We have assessed the thermal camera to complement the clinical odontology with the clinical assistance of acupuncture. Relevant cases of study were those of patients with facial pain. This work has registered the temperatures of the microsystem of the lobe of the outer ear. The recordings were made before, during and after removing the needles. Measurements of patients' temperatures were made very two minutes for 20 minutes, and a gradual increase of temperature was observed. The thermal camera allowed to register maps (thermography) that show an area affected with pain. After thermograms were performed to odontology patients treated with acupuncture, we were able to compare the temperature distribution maps and we found that they were quasi repetitive in the same zones in several patients for a specific illness. We made this technique available to different patients with lack of good irrigation on face and neck with the aim to establish patterns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4360, Thermosense XXIII, (23 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.421029
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Ricardo Rossi, Univ. Nacional de La Plata (Argentina)
Eliseo Gallego Lluesma, Ctr. de Investigaciones Opticas (Argentina)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4360:
Thermosense XXIII
Andres E. Rozlosnik; Ralph B. Dinwiddie, Editor(s)

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