American Academy of Thermology (AAT) Publishes Updated Veterinary Guidelines for Infrared Thermography

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The internationally peer-reviewed Guidelines were prepared by members of the AAT as a guide to aid the performance of veterinary medical infrared imaging in evaluating patients whose owner, rider, trainer or caretaker seeks medical advice based on observations related to 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.

Infrared thermal imaging is the only non-invasive technology available to image and map changes in skin temperature.

The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) has published an updated version of its Veterinary Guidelines for Infrared Thermography.*

The internationally peer-reviewed Guidelines were prepared by members of the AAT as a guide to aid the performance of veterinary medical infrared imaging in evaluating patients whose owner, rider, trainer or caretaker seeks medical advice based on observations related to neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

“The mission and bylaws of the American Academy of Thermology support the incorporation of thermal imaging into clinical medicine,” commented Jeffrey J. Lefko, Executive Director of the AAT, which is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. “The AAT recognizes a current and ongoing need to promulgate continuing education in the science and methods of thermal imaging and the clinical application of heat asymmetry patterns obtained from thermal
imaging among both veterinarians and thermal technologists.”

The 10 areas covered by the Guidelines include:

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

“Infrared thermal imaging is the only non-invasive technology available to image and map changes in skin temperature” commented Dr. Tracy Turner, DVM, the Chair of the AAT Guidelines. “It can play an important role in clinical diagnosis and lead the clinician to the region of injury. Infrared imaging may also be valuable to document drug induced symptoms, inappropriate training techniques and l responses to sympathetic and peripheral nerve blockade.”

Dr. Schwarz, Chairman of The Board and Committee Member of the new guidelines commented: “Other technologies including traditional imaging studies, Electrodiagnostics, or ultrasound do not provide the same information offered by medical thermal imaging. The clinical application of infrared thermal imaging may be instrumental in understanding the pathophysiology associated with these changes and improve patient outcomes.”

A copy of the American Academy of Thermology’s updated Veterinary Guidelines for Infrared Thermography is available online at http://aathermology.org/organization/guidelines/veterinary-guidelines-for-infrared-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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