Proceedings PaperMedical Thermometry By Remote Sensing
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The human body has a unique and sophisticated thermoregulation. It is one of the important processes, which enable man to function in a range of ambient conditions. The skin is a vital organ in this process, serving as an interface between the body and its immediate environment. Skin behaves as a near black body, with a high emissivity. The presence of hair is shown to an insulator, trapping the infra red emission from the scalp or skin surface. Man also needs protection in most climates, and uses clothing materials to insulate the body from direct heat loss. The warm air trapped between the body space and clothing creates a 'microclimate' which is subjectively adjustsed for comfort'.