American Academy of Thermology Publishes Revised 2018 Guidelines for Neuro-Musculoskeletal Thermography and Sympathetic Skin Response Studies

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The new internationally peer-reviewed Guidelines, which were introduced in 2006 and last revised in 2015, were prepared by members of the AAT as a guide to aid the performance of medical infrared imaging 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.

Pre-existing vasomotor tone and vasomotor capacitance plays a significant role in thermoregulation, clinical symptomatology and manifestations of systemic illness.

The American Academy of Thermology (AAT), which is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, healthcare training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging, has published revised 2018 Guidelines for Neuro-Musculoskeletal Infrared Medical Thermography and Sympathetic Skin Response Studies*.

The new internationally peer-reviewed Guidelines, which were introduced in 2006 and last revised in 2015, were prepared by members of the AAT as a guide to aid the performance of medical infrared imaging in evaluating patients with neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

The 10 areas covered by the revised 2018 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 Dr. Robert G. Schwartz, AAT Chairman of the Board. “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 sympathetic skin response infrared imaging may also be valuable to document drug induced symptoms and paradoxical responses to sympathetic and peripheral nerve blockade.”

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.

For additional information, interview requests or media inquiries, visit http://aathermology.org/contact, email info(at)aathermology(dot)org, or call (864) 235-1834.

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. Learn more at http://aathermology.org.

Note*: The AAT Guideline may be revised or withdrawn at any time. The procedures of the AAT 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.

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