Incidental and Rare Findings

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.