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    High technology meets the Middle Ages: Infrared & Mediieval Times

    Why should performance horses get an infrared scan? Can thermal imaging help you and your vet to help your horse? That was one of the purposes of their just-completed EquineIR (equine infrared) training class. A good resource regarding application of infrared with horses is this website: http://www.equineIR.com

    EquineIR: Infrared Thermal Imaging Scans -- United Infrared just graduated new thermographers from its EquineIR.com course; the 24-hour long class uses FLIR & other infrared cameras. A highlight of the course was its field work at the famous Medieval Times, Orlando, FL.

    The high performance nature of the Medieval Times attraction tasks horses and riders, so the opportunity for the horse owners to have their animals scanned with an infrared thermal imager is a boon to both the owners and the students--not to mention the horses!

    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 today, it was using its high tech infrared thermal imagers to scan the high performance horses of Medieval Times, Orlando, FL.

    How can this device help such an ancient species as a horse? Before thermography, veterinarians could only locate problems using traditional methods such as observation and palpation. Now, using advanced EquineIR™ thermography, abnormalities present stressed tissues even before damage occurs. This methodology has been developed and refined over the past twenty-five years and has been proven to be an effective imaging technique.

    A horse’s saddle should fit correctly and have even bearing on the horse’s back. A thermal review of the horse and the saddle can show when pressure points are unevenly distributed, therefore causing discomfort to the horse and the rider.

    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. Go to ThermalImagingConference.com to see all the details relating to the equine courses.

    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,” explains Peter Hopkins, vice president of United Infrared. “By thermally mapping the horse’s heat signature with a series of images, you can identify areas of elevated heat and cold areas, which can help identify common injuries: injuries often not detected by other modalities. ”When this service is used in conjunction with their interpretation system, a licensed and qualified infrared trained veterinarian will review the images and provide a professional interpretation. Although the horse’s overall body temperature will have cooled down, an injury or problem area will typically have elevated temperatures for up to 24 hours.

    The images can either be sent to United Infrared’s interpretation system and/or sent to another veterinarian familiar with and trained in thermography. 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.

    More detailed information is available at http://www.UnitedInfrared.com, along with office phone numbers, helpful videos and photos. The company offers or facilitates extensive training and certification courses, and handles FLIR and other fine infrared thermal imaging cameras.
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