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The Application Of Infrared-Sensors In Medicine
Author(s): Udo Flesch
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Paper Abstract

Infrared-sensors are used in medicine to detect the temperature of the skin. The temperature distribution over the human skin surface gives insight into many physiological problems concerned with thermoregulation and metabolism. Skin temperature patterns in dermatologic, vascular, locomotor and malignant diseases can provide valuable information for clinical diagnosis and therapeutic assessment. Skin temperature can be measured accurately by several means. Infrared thermography can register overall skin temperature and its distribution comprehensively. This noninvasive, no-touch technique is the measurement of skin surface temperature by the emission of heat energy in the infrared portion of the spectrum, with the human skin being an excellent black body radiator. The physical conditions of the skin and the environment are important when determining skin temperature with infrared-sensors. The thermal imaging system has to produce a high quality thermal picture of the skin within a short observation time. The processing of thermographic images by computer methods offers the promise of improving and enhancing the utility of thermography as an clinical and research instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 November 1983
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0395, Advanced Infrared Sensor Technology, (30 November 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935204
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Udo Flesch, Central Institute of Radiology of the Rudolf-Virchow-Krankenhaus (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0395:
Advanced Infrared Sensor Technology
Jean Besson, Editor(s)

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