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Infrared Thermal Imaging Scans -- United Infrared New Thermographers Graduate Equine IR Class 2013
Infrared Thermal Imaging Scans -- EquineIR: United Infrared Announces New Thermographers Graduate EquineIR.com course; 24-hour long class uses FLIR & other infrared cameras. Field work at Del Mar Race Track with Thoroughbred race horses.
Why should performance horses get an infrared scan? Can thermal imaging help you and your vet to help your horse? A good resource regarding application of infrared with horses is this website:
United Infrared, Inc. is the largest network of certified and properly trained equine thermographers in the world, as well as leaders in all aspects of using infrared imaging in the building sciences. Specific uses in building sciences include: roofing, block wall, electric, data centers, energy use, moisture intrusion into buildings.
But United Infrared is also at the forefront of using thermal imaging in new areas, particularly the life sciences. Thermography has been used successfully in breast tissue work, where it can find anomalies, sometimes sooner than other, current technologies!
Before Thermography, Veterinarians could only locate problems using traditional methods such as observation and palpation. Now, using advanced EquineIR™
Pre-purchase, hoof balancing, inflammation, general diagnostics & preventive medicine, pre-event imaging, saddle fit, muscle/nerve injury.
Equine infrared thermal imaging was prominently featured at the recently-completed Thermal Imaging Conference 2013 in San Diego, and is also slated to be a part of the Thermal Imaging Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, June 2-5. Website is http://www.thermalimagingconference.com/
Infrared thermography, a technology first introduced to the equine industry in the 1960s, is finally making its way into the horse health business. Simultaneously, it is proving itself as a career opportunity for horse enthusiasts. United Infrared, Inc., the world’
A thermal imaging scan is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure. A thermal imaging camera is used to convert infrared waves into images visible with the human eye. The camera detects points of heat in the body.
“The science is simple,”
Over a period of many years, Hopkins, in conjunction with a series of well qualified and IR trained veterinarians, developed a whole body scan procedure. Owners are instructed to prepare the horse before the thermographer’s visit. The routine begins with a short period of exercise to stimulate blood flow, followed by a prescribed rest period. Although the horse’
The images can either be sent to United Infrared’
Infrared scans for horses are typically performed with a high-resolution IR camera, such as a FLIR camera, model T420, Minimum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels is required for equine work. Other acceptable cameras are manufactured by Testo, Fluke and Palmer-Wahl...just be sure and check the resolution; ask your equine imaging tech just to be sure!
Basically, as the owner of an animal, there is an obligation to take care of it, and when an issue is not obvious, then diagnostic tools, such as an equine scan, in the hands of a specially-trained veterinarian, can be helpful. This short video helps to sort through the issues.
United Infrared will shortly announce the next class on thermal imaging to teach those interested in the care of horses and their injuries. Info is available toll free at 888-722-6447. To view a free recorded webinar explaining the business aspects of equine infrared, go to United Infrared's YouTube video at: http://youtu.be/