Thermal Imaging Report
Date of images:
August 11, 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
Note the area of increase head just above the dock of the tail. Thecould actually be felt when touching the area.
II. Neck, Chest, & Shoulders
The area of increased heat on the right side of neck is from where his mane usually lies.
III. Front Legs
There seems to be a spot of increased heat on his right front leg, just above the knee. The left side is maybe a little warmer in the fetlock and pastern.
On both sides, there seems to be increased heat in the area where his neck comes into his shoulder, more so on the left side.
There is a marked area of higher heat around his tail, especially in the dock area. It's actually warmer to the touch, too. There is also higher heat on his left flank.
VI. Hind Legs
The hind legs seem to be fairly symmetrical between the left and right sides. Due to the camera angle, it's impossible to see if the inside of the left leg matches the extreme heat on the inside right hock, though.