WHAT IS THERMAL IMAGING?
Thermal imaging uses an infrared camera that measures heat rather than light. The camera detects areas of inflammation, circulation and lack of circulation.
Colors the camera displays range from white, for the center point of inflammation, to blues, where circulation is not present. The more thermal waves emitted, the hotter an area is.
The infrared camera is a hand held device, making it very flexible in its adaptive range of imagery. Hence, all animals can be viewed with greater ease.
A high percentage of injuries in animals are soft tissue in nature and can be detected in the animal from a 1-3 degree variance in changes in the body. Radiographs cannot detect this inflammation, but are, however, a compliment to this diagnostic.
HOW CAN THIS HELP MY HORSE OR OTHER ANIMALS?
Besides being able to detect problems of lameness, bad behavior, (due to pain in the body) thermal imaging has a unique property of being able to detect an impending problem that has not reached overt stages, i.e., it can show areas in the body that are stressed BEFORE any real damage occurs. This ability can save further injury, stop injury, save time, pain, and money to both the animal and their owners.
IS IT EXPENSIVE?
No, not compared to other diagnostics. A full Whole Horse Evaluation is $425. A Saddle Fit/Rider Position is $350. Compare to an MRI: $3,500 plus time, travel, and stress. This diagnostic is non-invasive, gives quick results and offers the owners a complete evaluation and suggested remedies for the problems located. The imaging can be done at your barn or training center, eliminating the stress of the animal having to be placed in areas which may cause stress.
Radiography can be used, but will not show soft tissue problems and centers, usually, on one particular area, NOT the whole horse.
MY HORSE IS FINE, SO WHY WOULD I CONSIDER HAVING THIS EVALUATION?
A horse, or other animal, can be “fine” one day, the next; change behavior or become lame. Thermal imaging is not only used to detect a problem that shows itself, but as a maintenance tool for making sure there are no impending problems internally before competitions that would render the horse not performing at the top the his/her game.
For example, many lameness issues that owners believe to be located in the feet are, in fact, an injury or conformation issue, obtained higher up in the horse’s body, but not detected in other diagnostics. This is why imaging the entire body of the horse is necessary.
WHAT IS A SADDLE FIT/RIDER POSTION® EVALUATION?