Thermal Imaging Report
Date of images:
June 30, 2017
About Thermal Imaging
How does thermal imaging work?
Thermal cameras are able to detect levels of infrared light that are invisible to the naked eye. The hotter the object, the more infrared radiation it produces. Thermal imaging converts the temperature differences into a visible picture we can see.
What can thermal images tell us?
Since thermal cameras detect heat, the images will show areas of the horse's body that are hotter than others. The horse should be symmetrical, meaning that the heat pattern on one side should be the same on the other side. Areas that display higher temperatures may indicate inflammation, injury, or increased blood flow.
Why should I get thermal images?
Thermal images are great for identifying areas of soreness, monitoring progress in a course of therapy, creating a baseline for any future problems, and evaluating a horse before purchase.
I. Full Body & Spine
It looks like there is an area of increased heat at the dock of the tail and in the shoulders.
II. Neck, Chest, & Shoulders
There is a large area of increased heat on Apollo's neck on his right side. You can also see a cooler area on his left chest area where he had an injury that was healing.
III. Front Legs
The heat patterns seem to be similar between the two sides.
The heat pattern between the two sides is symmetrical.
Note that there is a pattern of greater heat on the left side of his hind. This is displayed as brighter yellow and white areas in the thermal images.
VI. Hind Legs
The hind legs seem to be fairly symmetrical between the left and right sides.