Thermal Imaging is a non contact technique that provides a pictorial image of the surface temperature of the horse’s body. Sensors within the thermal camera convert infrared radiation (heat) emitted from the surface of the skin into electrical impulses that are shown on the image as areas of varying colour. White represents the hottest temperature and is found on areas where there is major blood flow including parts of the face and the coronary bands, down through red, yellow, green to blue and finally black which represents the coldest areas. A blue streak indicating a lack of temperature can indicate pinching or nerve restriction, while a red or white area can indicate soft tissue, muscular or tendon damage.
As there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the horses body, abnormal or asymmetrical changes which are usually indicative of a problem can be easily identified. An experienced Thermographer can interpret these images and advise the owner or trainer where there is an area of abnormal temperature, allowing a veterinary surgeon to diagnose and treat the problem. The procedure only takes a few minutes, during which time the Thermographer takes images of the horse in a specific environment. The horse is not touched during the inspection, making it ideal for young or nervous horses. The results of the inspection are instant, a full written report can be produced for veterinary use.
Benefits of Thermography
Can identify muscle and ligament damage.
Non invasive, safe and humane.
Can reduce medical costs to determine injury or illness before it becomes too serious.
Very quick and stress free for the horse.
Can help detect lameness early.
Can be performed in the horses stable.
Electricity not required.
Uses of Thermography
Regular base level scans
Saddle Fit scan
Rehabilitation - progress monitoring.
Farriery - Abscess location
Back & Lameness issues
Preparing your horse for Thermography
Clean Horse with all dirt removed.
Pick out feet and brush clean.
Remove all bandages and rugs at least 2 hours before the inspection.
No liniment / heat rubs / cold hosing on the day of the inspection.
Please do not touch, stroke or brush the horse during the examination on the areas that are being inspected. The heat from your hands or the friction of the brush will show up as anomalies in the thermal camera.