- SPORT MEDICINE
Infrared thermography can be extremely useful for health and clinic professionals as a diagnosis support technology, helping to individualize and adapt treatment and quantify the correct injury/pathology evolution.
Infrared thermography has been proved as a good diagnostic support in medical environment. ThermoHuman allows a quick pre-screening outcome that might guide the health professional to the most convenient diagnostic technique and therefore saving health professionals and institutions time and money.
Depending on the nature of the injury or pathology, tissue can have different thermal responses (hypo or hyperthermia). This objective, fast and non-invasively obtained information can be provided by ThermoHuman to guide health practitioners to correctly identify the issue, monitor and adapt the treatment to the individual circumstances.
Thermal metrics provided by ThermoHuman help health professionals to quantify and follow-up the recovery process and avoid any potential re-injury risk or compensation. This objective information can be delivered in visual and individualized reports so patients can better understand and visualize his injury/pathology evolution.
Here, we show examples of different tissue injuries and their thermal profile. We show the avatar with asymmetries and the thermal images. As we can observe, the thermal behaviour is different depending on the tissue involved: for instance, muscle tear create hypothermia in the affected area (colder region); but bone, ligament or tendon fractures, on the other hand, cause hyperthermia (warmer areas).
In the following case, a football player has been treated of an Achilles tendinitis on his right leg. Tendinitis is an inflammation and the first ThermoHuman evaluation showed us that there was no hyperthermia in the injured region. Because of that, the doctor and physiotherapist reconsidered the diagnosis since they suspected it was actually a neuropathy. This kind of injury has a different thermal profile (hypothermia), so they adapted the treatment and some days after asymmetry in the injured are went back to normal values.
In this example we can observe the evolution of an ACL injury. We show the avatar and thermal images evolution: prior to the injury, one day after the injury, one, three and five months after the surgery. ThermoHuman allows us to track the evolution of the injury quantifying the asymmetry on the right knee and also controlling other areas that might suffer compensation or that can be relevant for the rehabilitation (as quadriceps or ankle).
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).
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.