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How will Infrared Thermography help with veterinary work?
Infrared Thermography or Thermology (IRT), Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), Medical Infrared Digital Imaging (MIDI), Infrared Digital Imaging (IDI), Medical Infrared Thermography or Thermology (MIT), Medical Infrared Imaging (MII) and Veterinary Infrared Thermography or Thermology (VIT) are all names for digitally imaging a living animal or person with an infrared camera. Using computer software for interpreting Infrared Thermography (IRT) is a physiological test, rather than an anatomical test such as x-rays, ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan, and it is a completely non-invasive test performed at a distance from the animal. IRT shows areas of both inflammation (usually hot) and nerve dysfunction (usually cold) in the patterns produced. IRT helps the veterinarian locate the animal's problem areas so that further medical investigation via x-rays, ultrasound, or other diagnostic modality, can focus on the anatomical areas most likely to be responsible for the patient's physical symptoms. IRT should be the first follow-up technology used after the physical exam.

What is Infrared Radiation?
People can only see a small portion of the radiation that makes up visible light. The balance of the electromagnetic spectrum is made up of gamma rays, x-rays, ultraviolet rays, microwaves and infrared radio and television signals. The infrared wave length is longer than light waves, but shorter than radio waves.

What is infrared thermography?
Infrared is an invisible portion of the light spectrum extending from 0.75 to 1000 microns. All objects warmer than absolute zero (0 Kelvin or -275.15 centigrade) emit energy somewhere within that range. The warmer the object, the brighter we see it with an infrared thermal imager.

What is a radiometric infrared thermal imager?
A radiometric infrared thermal imager is a device that makes a visual image of the infrared thermal patterns and is calibrated to take temperatures in a small area at various ranges.

What is a thermographer?
A thermographer is a thermal evaluator and imaging expert. Thermographers have an excellent understanding of heat transfer laws, the mal dynamics and properties of materials and why they appear either hot or cold.

What types of industries or operations use infrared thermography?

  • Quality control departments
  • Building envelope diagnostics
  • Electrical inspections
  • Mining operations
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Veterinary services
  • Food processing companies
  • Property management

Do I need to shut down my equipment in order to have an infrared inspection?
No, in fact, all equipment must be operational during the inspection. Your electrical/mechanical equipment should be operating with 50% or more load conditions during the inspection.

My factory must be well-lit at all times. Can thermal imaging equipment function in brightly lit areas?
Thermal imaging equipment is not affected by light generated heat; thermal imaging cameras are completely unaffected by the amount and intensity of lighting.

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