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Thermal Imaging Conference Gary Orlove 6/22/2011
Date & Time
8/11/2011 8:00 AM to 8/14/2011 2:00 PM

The Ohio State University
Veterinary Medical Center
601 Vernon Tharp Street
Columbus, OH 43210

Office of Veterinary Continuing Education: (614) 292-8727

Athletic injuries are the leading cause of lost training time and the most costly to horse owners. In addition, if not detected early some of these injuries may become catastrophic. Owners, competitors and the public have recently brought pressure on the veterinary profession to prevent, or diagnose earlier, injuries before they become life-threatening. The ability to detect injuries early makes thermography an excellent tool.

Thermal imaging systems have the capability to detect changes in temperature related to local inflammation and/or blood flow to the tissue. These changes have been shown to occur 2-6 weeks prior to the onset of clinical signs of lameness.

Through the use of thermal imaging, the possibility exists that abnormalities can be identified when the tissues are in a state of stress, rather than anatomical disruption. Intervention at this early point provides less costly and more time efficient options with which to manage the injury to a successful outcome.

Assessments of the musculoskeletal system for inflammation, including Saddle Fit analysis, are the most common uses for thermal imaging. Thermal imaging is also used to detect neurological, dental, and infectious disease as well. Sessions will also be presented on the use of thermal imaging in Marine Mammals, Wildlife, and Companion Animals.

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