Doctors and Paramedics involved in Emergency services face the challenge to quickly assess care priorities, via a quick qualification of the injuries and proper treatments.
Thermal imaging can be of great help to determine in a few seconds, without moving the patient, some abnormal temperature patterns typical of injuries.
To name a few:
♦ Internal hemorrhage may be detected via the colder extremities, consequent to peripheral vasoconstriction protecting vital organs
♦ Skull fracture may be suspected via heat at specific locations, far earlier than the appearance of equivalent bruising patterns.
♦ Some strokes translate in unbalanced cooling of forehead. Their early detection ensures prompt treatment and increases chances of survival
♦ Many other cases are documented in literature. Thermal infrared can also help for relevant triage in the case of mass casualties.
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