Physical and Physiological Influence of Medical Ointments on Infrared Thermography

  • J. M. Engel


Emission of electromagnetic energy at infrared wavelengths from the human body surface is the physical basis of infrared thermography (IRT). This implies that infrared emission of skin is well known and constant. If this is so then real surface temperatures can be calculated from detected radiance values. Local or temporary differences in emissivity of skin, however, can lead to misinterpretation of IRT measurements taken either for diagnosis or disease follow up.


Evaporative Cool Spectral Emissivity Infrared Thermography Topical Ointment Thermal Recovery 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Engel
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  1. 1.Staatliches RheumakrankenhausBaden-BadenWest Germany

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