EQUINE THERMAL IMAGING:
a technique wherein an infrared camera photographically portrays the body's surface temperature, based on self-emanating infrared radiations; used as a supportive tool in the detection of:
* irritation of shoe nail
* splints, chips, stress fractures
* nerve root problems
* saddle soreness
Picture: this equine has a severe problem with his right front leg, so all pressure is shifted to his left hind quarter. White means higher temperature = more pressure.
Picture: horse has just eaten. White color means higher temperature in intestines/caecum
It's important to know that thermal imaging is objective and non-invasive (no need to touch the animal, no health risk)
Pictures: Unbalanced hoof, more pressure (yellow/white color) on (left) medial site
Thermal Imaging can indentify problems in bone as well in soft tissue. It's sensitive to change in the muscular, vascular, skeletal and nervous system
Picture: horse with spine problems, uneven pattern of white color at spine area
Thermal Imaging is not conclusive, it is a supportive tool.