Thermology Health Care Applications and Medical Thermography

A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1648-9144).

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Over the last decade, infrared and multi-spectral medical thermography have undoubtedly exhibited breakthroughs in the medical field of clinical thermology. In addition to the expansion of established imaging instrumentation and software for broader applications in diagnostic imaging of musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular and infectious diseases, cardiology, public health, surgery, sports, psyquiatry and oncological diseases, artificial intelligence and machine learning protocols that have advanced diagnostic capabilities in thermography have resulted in significant changes in method accuracy. Technological advancements are driving novel techniques for diagnosis and assessment, as well as thermoguided procedures and treatment outcome monitoring. The capacity to communicate innovation with investigators outside the presumably confined field in which it originated sometimes limits the translation of improvements in thermal imaging technology, methodologies, and procedures to broader applications. It is consequently critical to simplify the transfer of developments in infrared thermal imaging from one field to another. Exploiting the full potential of innovation frequently necessitates the inclusion of a new, sometimes external, perspective. This joint special issue seeks to act as a platform for such cross-disciplinary interchange and to drive the spread of innovative applications, possibly by promoting new partnerships between different sectors and researchers. The next great breakthrough in medical thermographic imaging might result from numerous minds suggesting innovative ideas. The project seeks contributions on thermology health care applications and medical thermography (environmental sciences and engineering), public health, environmental health, occupational hygiene, health economic and global health research, mental health, digital health, women’s health, health care sciences and services, health communication and informatics, toxicology, and public health, public health statistics and risk assessment, oral health, exercise and health, traumas, nursing, adolescents, skin health, disabilities, sport and health, aging, disease prevention, injury prevention, and rehabilitation.

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  • public health
  • medical termography
  • pain
  • breast cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • surgery
  • artificial intelligence
  • HealthTech
  • diabetes

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Use of Infrared Thermography in Medical Diagnosis, Screening, and Disease Monitoring: A Scoping Review
by Dorothea Kesztyüs, Sabrina Brucher, Carolyn Wilson and Tibor Kesztyüs
Medicina 2023, 59(12), 2139; - 09 Dec 2023
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Thermography provides non-invasive, radiation-free diagnostic imaging. Despite the extensive literature on medical thermography, a comprehensive overview of current applications is lacking. Hence, the aim of this scoping review is to identify the medical applications of passive infrared thermography and to catalogue the technical [...] Read more.
Thermography provides non-invasive, radiation-free diagnostic imaging. Despite the extensive literature on medical thermography, a comprehensive overview of current applications is lacking. Hence, the aim of this scoping review is to identify the medical applications of passive infrared thermography and to catalogue the technical and environmental modalities. The diagnostic performance of thermography and the existence of specific reference data are evaluated, and research gaps and future tasks identified. The entire review process followed the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) approach and the results are reported according to PRISMA-ScR guidelines. The scoping review protocol is registered at the Open Science Framework (OSF). PubMed, CENTRAL, Embase, Web of Science, OpenGrey, OSF, and PROSPERO were searched using pretested search strategies based on the Population, Concept, Context (PCC) approach. According to the eligibility criteria, references were screened by two researchers independently. Seventy-two research articles were identified describing screening, diagnostic, or monitoring studies investigating the potential of thermography in a total of 17,314 participants within 38 different health conditions across 13 therapeutic areas. The use of several camera models from various manufacturers is described. These and other facts and figures are compiled and presented in a detailed, descriptive tabular and visual format. Thermography offers promising diagnostic capabilities, alone or in addition to conventional methods. Full article
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