An Assessment of Thermography in Arterial Disease
In the past decade there have been many who have advocated a role for thermography in the routine investigation of patients who have peripheral arterial disease. Much of the evidence in the literature suggested both general and specific applications for the technique in the fields of peripheral and cerebral arteriosclerosis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, diabetes, Buerger’s disease, amputation surgery and the evaluation of vasoactive drugs. Despite this, thermography is not widely accepted and is often the subject of derision amongst the scientific and clinical establishment working in this branch of medicine. Why should this be so? The answer is complex:
There is no evidence in the scientific literature of a confirmed role for thermography in the investigation of arterial disease.
Thermographic equipment is not widely available to those involved with vascular disease and will not be so until the scientific evidence establishes a need.
The potential role of thermography in other areas of medicine has remained unfulfilled and in many cases has been clearly overstated.
Thermography requires a knowledge and understanding of both the physics and physiological concepts of heat exchange between man and his environment, both of which are still not completely understood and afford areas for future research.
KeywordsPeripheral Arterial Disease Arterial Disease Tibial Tuberosity Skin Blood Flow Thermographic Image
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