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23 March 2001 Objective assessment of biomagnetic devices and alternative clinical therapies using infrared thermal imaging
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The overwhelming introduction of magnetic devices and other alternative therapies into the health care market prompts the need for objective evaluation of these techniques through the use of infrared thermal imaging. Many of these therapies are reported to promote the stimulation of blood flow or the relief of pain conditions. Infrared imaging is an efficient tool to assess such changes in the physiological state. Therefore, a thermal imager can help document and substantiate whether these therapies are in fact providing an effective change to the local circulation. Thermal images may also indicate whether the change is temporary or sustained. As a specific case example, preliminary findings will be presented concerning the use of magnets and the effect they have on peripheral circulation. This will include a discussion of the recommended protocols for this type of infrared testing. This test model can be applied to the evaluation of other devices and therapeutic procedures which are reputed to affect circulation such as electro acupuncture, orthopedic footwear and topical ointments designed to relieve pain or inflammation.
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Graham J. Rockley "Objective assessment of biomagnetic devices and alternative clinical therapies using infrared thermal imaging", Proc. SPIE 4360, Thermosense XXIII, (23 March 2001); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.421026
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