Veterinary & Medical Thermal Inspections

The Benefits of Thermal Imaging for Veterinary & Medical Applications

Thermal imaging provides veterinarians with a non-invasive means of detecting heat variations in animals. These heat patterns can show differences in blood flow, giving indications of potential health problems and injuries. Research has shown that subtle differences in temperature within an animal’s body can offer an early indication of anomalies within soft tissue, tendons and joints. An infrared camera provides a high level of thermal sensitivity, enabling these tiny temperature differences to be accurately detected.

Thermal cameras detect hot spots that can indicate increased circulation, inflammation or muscle injury and cold spots that show a reduction in blood supply, usually due to swelling, scar tissue or thrombosis.

Horses Head Thermal Image Medical Thermal Imaging of Upper Back

Thermal Cameras for Veterinary Inspections

The major benefits of using a thermal imaging camera for equine and veterinary applications are that it provides a real-time visualisation of the animals’ physiology, allowing changes and anomalies to be detected as they happen and often before they cause damage or injury. In addition, the non-contact nature of a thermal imaging camera is perfect as it reduces the level of stress on the animal to enable vets and horse trainers to quickly diagnose and treat identified abnormalities.

Thermal inspections for equine and veterinary applications allows the following problems to be detected:

  • Joint and musculo-skeletal problems
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Muscle tears, bruises and strains
  • Tendon and joint stress
  • Circulation problems
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Nerve damage
Veterinary Thermography

Infrared Imaging for Equestrian Sports

Thermal imaging has helped trainers and vets to spot clinical problems in horses early on to prevent serious injury. Equine thermal imaging is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that allows minute differences in a horse’s thermal and neural condition to be detected. Infrared cameras can give early indications of anomalies with soft tissue, tendons and joints, allowing them to be quickly treated and often prevented. Equine thermography also allows the horse’s recovery to be monitored.


Thermal imaging for equestrian sports enables trainers and vets to:

  • Fit the correct saddle
  • Detect poor circulation and muscle lesions
  • Diagnose back pain
  • Balance the horse’s hooves
  • Detect joint and tendon stress
Horse Hoof Thermography

Infrared Thermography for Medical Investigations

Infrared cameras have become one of the most efficient tools for performing medical diagnostics. Medical thermography enables doctors, surgeons and physicians to measure and record temperature differences and distribution of heat within the human body in a non-invasive and extremely safe manner. High performance thermal imaging cameras provide a highly sensitive method of studying skin temperature and performing clinical inspections ranging from breast cancer screening to open heart surgery monitoring.


Medical research has shown that thermal cameras are a useful instrument for the diagnosis of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Neck and back strains
  • Pain syndromes
  • Arthritis
  • Soft tissue injuries
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Examples of Thermal Imaging Applications

FLIR T250 Thermal Imaging Camera CEAT Electronique are using Infrared Cameras to safeguard its workforce.

FLIR T250 Thermal Imaging Camera Viral diseases such as bird and swine flu can be detected using infrared thermography.

FLIR T250 Thermal Imaging Camera Bacterial infections such as SARS can be caught at an early stage using Thermal Cameras.

FLIR T250 Thermal Imaging Camera Artis Royal Zoo use Thermal Imaging Cameras to inpsect health issues in animals.

FLIR T250 Thermal Imaging Camera Equestrian Sports use Thermography to keep horses healthy and ready to ride.

FLIR T250 Thermal Imaging Camera Vets use IR Cameras to help diagnose injuries and illness in a range of smaller animals.