Recent Advances and Applications of Infrared Thermography 2023

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Physics General".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 1454

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Dear Colleagues,

Infrared thermography (IRT), as a non-destructive evaluation method, has been applied for the last five decades with great success in a broad spectrum of disciplines. Due to the continuous advances in sensor technology and electronics, IRT has evolved into a major, accurate, versatile, and well-established method for various applications. It has been employed in engineering, biomedicine, nuclear technology, physics, veterinary science, arts, cultural heritage, etc. Defect detection, thermal performance of buildings, monitoring of damage, diagnosis of medical conditions, art authenticity evaluation, assessment of culture heritage conditions, and many other applications have encouraged the development and advancement of numerous methodologies based on infrared thermography, such as pulsed phase, lock-in, step, ultrasound, eddy current, thermo-electrical lock-in thermography, etc.

This Special Issue of Applied Sciences focuses on the recent advances and applications of infrared thermography in a variety of disciplines. The aim of this issue is to attract research involving novel and advanced IRT methodologies or/and new applications impact the scientific community. Manuscripts that combine IRT with other non-destructive methodologies, as long as IRT is the main method, are also welcome.

Dr. Evangelos Z. Kordatos
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Keywords

  • infrared thermography
  • non-destructive evaluation
  • structural health monitoring
  • sensors
  • damage monitoring
  • advanced image processing
  • defect detection
  • thermographic numerical simulations

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Hand Neuropathies and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Complementary Diagnosis Using IR Thermography
by Joana Cerqueira, Catarina Aguiar Branco, Adélio Vilaça and Joaquim Mendes
Appl. Sci. 2024, 14(1), 70; https://doi.org/10.3390/app14010070 - 20 Dec 2023
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Hand neuropathies and musculoskeletal disorders represent significant health concerns, often requiring accurate and non-invasive diagnostic methods. Current diagnostic approaches may have limitations in terms of accuracy and patient comfort. This study addresses the need for an improved complementary diagnostic tool for these conditions [...] Read more.
Hand neuropathies and musculoskeletal disorders represent significant health concerns, often requiring accurate and non-invasive diagnostic methods. Current diagnostic approaches may have limitations in terms of accuracy and patient comfort. This study addresses the need for an improved complementary diagnostic tool for these conditions by investigating the potential of infrared thermography for identifying thermal patterns associated with these pathologies. Thermal images were acquired from both control participants with healthy hands and patients with hand neuropathies and/or musculoskeletal disorders. The mean temperatures of various regions of interest (ROIs) were analysed, and statistical tests were conducted to determine if there were significant temperature differences between the control and injury groups. The analysis consistently revealed higher mean temperatures in the injury group across multiple ROIs on both the dorsal and palmar aspects of the hand. Levene’s test confirmed the equality of variances between the groups, supporting the validity of the statistical comparisons. The observed thermal differences between the control and injury groups underscore the potential of IR thermography for enhancing diagnostic precision of hand pathologies. Its integration into clinical practice could lead to early detection, personalised treatment, and improved patient care in the future. Full article
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