FLIR Systems Australia provides thermal imaging for veterinarian applications. The infrared heat that an animal emits from its body can be viewed with infrared cameras.
Veterinarians can use thermal imaging to check the blood flow in animals. They can work out if blood flow is normal. Both increased and decreased blood flow can be indications of health problems.
Physiologic imaging is a function of metabolic action. Physiologic images can change and might appear prior to anatomic disruption. Thermography (or thermal imaging) is considered physiologic imaging because as the animal's metabolism changes. For example, a sore tendon heats up, that fact can be discerned.
Equine thermal imaging
Thermal imaging is a qualitative assessment of temperatures. The infrared camera measures temperature automatically and shows a thermal image with different colours for different temperatures.
The technique can help with the diagnosis of several conditions, including inflammation, muscle injury, and nerve injury. In addition, it can be used for preventive medicine.