How much time do I need to measure with thermography?

How much time do I need to measure with thermography?

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Is it possible to perform thermographic analysis faster and more accurately? How much could you save by using Thermohuman? We’ll provide more details in this article.

Infrared thermography offers two approaches to analysis: a qualitative one based on visual and intuitive interpretation of colors, and a quantitative one that relies on temperature data from the thermogram. Although the second method allows for an objective analysis, it is characterized by being extremely labor-intensive and lacking reliability when done manually (Kroese et al., 2018). This is precisely what ThermoHuman software aims to address, and we can see an example of this with a study conducted in the prestigious Journal of Thermal Biology (you can read the article’s summary here).

In brief, 120 thermal images of the soles of 30 people’s feet were used, taken at four different times: before and after running on two different days.

One of the major obstacles in the application of infrared thermography in humans has always been the time required for quantitative analysis. However, with ThermoHuman, this problem is solved in such a way that manual analysis, which used to take 8 minutes per individual, is now reduced to less than 1 minute per person. This represents a time savings of 86%, leading to greater efficiency in evaluating temperature measurements.

Furthermore, these time-saving figures we’ve mentioned are related to the analysis of the feet, but what if we were talking about a larger analysis area such as the lower limbs?


ThermoHuman allows for faster analysis, achieving an 88.4% accuracy in image interpretation. Forget about spending countless hours on analysis and use ThermoHuman for quicker and more reliable results, allowing you to focus on what truly matters: your athletic performance and/or your health.


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Requena-Bueno, L., Priego-Quesada, J. I., Jimenez-Perez, I., Gil-Calvo, M., & Pérez-Soriano, P. (2020). Validation of ThermoHuman automatic thermographic software for assessing foot temperature before and after runningJournal of Thermal Biology92, 102639.

Europa Thermohuman ThermoHuman has had the support of the Funds of the European Union and the Community of Madrid through the Operational Programme on Youth Employment. Likewise, ThermoHuman within the framework of the Export Initiation Program of ICEX NEXT, had the support of ICEX and the co-financing of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

CDTI Thermohuman has received funding from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), in participation with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), for the R+D activities involved in creating a new tool, based on thermography, for the prediction and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis. See project detail.