American Academy of Thermology Publishes Revised 2015 Guidelines for Neuro-Musculoskeletal Thermography and Sympathetic Skin Response Studies

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The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) has published a set of revised Guidelines for Neuro Musculoskeletal Thermography and Sympathetic Skin Response Studies. The new peer-reviewed Guidelines are intended to aid physicians and thermal technologists in the performance of medical infrared imaging, and in evaluating patients with neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, health care training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging.

The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, health care training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging.

The mission and bylaws of the American Academy of Thermology support the incorporation of thermal imaging into clinical medicine.

The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) has published a set of revised Guidelines for Neuro Musculoskeletal Thermography and Sympathetic Skin Response Studies.*

The new peer-reviewed Guidelines, which reflect a major re-working of the original Guidelines that were first published in 2006, are intended to aid physicians and thermal technologists in the performance of medical infrared imaging, and in evaluating patients with neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

The 10 areas covered by the revised 2015 Guidelines include:

1. Patient Communication and Preparation
2. Patient Assessment
3. Examination Guidelines
4. Review of the Infrared Thermography Examination
5. Presentation of Exam Finding
6. Preparation and Storage of Exam Findings
7. Exam Time Recommendations
8. Reporting
9. Continuing Professional Education
10. Emerging Technologies

“Pre-existing vasomotor tone and vasomotor capacitance plays a significant role in thermoregulation, clinical symptomatology and manifestations of systemic illness,” commented Jeffrey J. Lefko, Executive Director of the AAT, which is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. “Infrared Thermal Imaging is the only non-invasive technology available to image and map microcirculatory shunting associated with these disorders. It can play an important role in clinical diagnosis and may be helpful distinguishing between central and peripheral changes affecting the sympathetic nervous system. Infrared SSR infrared imaging may also be valuable to document drug induced symptoms and paradoxical responses to sympathetic and peripheral nerve blockade.”

“The mission and bylaws of the American Academy of Thermology support the incorporation of thermal imaging into clinical medicine,” commented Dr. Robert G. Schwartz, Chair of the AAT, and who was instrumental in crafting the revised Guidelines. “Our organization also recognizes the current and ongoing need to promulgate CME in the science and methods of thermal imaging, and the clinical application of heat asymmetry patterns obtained from thermal imaging among both physicians and thermal technologists.”

A copy of the American Academy of Thermology’s revised Guidelines for Neuro Musculoskeletal Thermography and Sympathetic Skin Response Studies is available online at http://aathermology.org/organization/guidelines/guidelines-for-neuro-musculoskeletal-thermography.

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About the American Academy of Thermology

Founded in 1971, The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, health care training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging. The AAT provides a forum for those who have interest in medically-related conditions that involve the autonomic nervous, peripheral vascular and immuno-inflammatory systems. The organization also holds annual conferences for the presentation of scientific and professional papers, and serves as the voice of its members in medical practice, health care finance, legislative and regulatory related matters.

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  • The procedures of the American Academy of Thermology require that action be taken to reaffirm, revise or withdraw this Guideline no later than three years from the date of publication. Suggestions for improvement of this guideline are welcome and should be sent to the Executive Director of the American Academy of Thermology. No part of this guideline may be reproduced in any form, in an electronic retrieval system or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. American Academy of Thermology Guidelines may be revised or withdrawn at any time.

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