Thermal imaging is the only tool that can visualize areas of inflammation that indicate unhealthy (possibly dangerous) patterns that require intervention, additional forms of imaging, clinical evaluation, risk assessment, or a combination of any of the above.
This elderly lady had undergone a left hip replacement surgery 3 months previously and her continued leg pain raised suspicion for DVT. The thermographic findings were not consistent with DVT, but showed a focal area of inflammation that guided a sonographer to a deep abscess near the bone. This was lanced and successfully treated with antibiotics.
Small metastatic tumors indicated by focal areas of hypothermia over the lumbar spine.