Thermal Imaging Report
Date of images:
July 25, 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
There does not seem to be anything out of the ordinary here. We usually expect the horse to be warmer in the elbows, flanks, and the area under the hind legs.
II. Neck, Chest, & Shoulders
Note that there is an area of increased heat where Tux's neck comes into his shoulder on the right side. This is visible on the first (darker red) and fourth (brighter yellow/white) photos.
III. Front Legs
The areas of heat seem to be symmetrical between the left and right sides.
There is a small spot of increased heat on his barrel on the left side. On the right, you can see the inflammation where the neck meets the shoulder.
Note that there is a pattern of greater heat on the right 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.