Med. Weter. 77 (03), 121-126, 2021

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Godlewska M., Soroko M., Zielińska P.
Application of thermography in equine veterinary practice
Thermography is a non-invasive diagnostic method that measures the temperature of the body surface. Its operation is based on the recording and visualization of infrared radiation emitted by the surface of the body in the form of temperature distribution. The result is a thermogram, which reveals the physiological state of the horse, reflecting the pattern of blood flow and the speed of metabolic processes in the area of the horse’s body under examination. It also shows the influence of environmental conditions prevailing during the test. Thermography has been widely used in veterinary medicine as a supplementary diagnostic tool for injuries and other pathologies of the locomotory apparatus, as a tool for monitoring the process of tissue regeneration and the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs, and as an auxiliary tool for distinguishing between acute, chronic and subclinical disease states. However, most of the studies on thermography in equine veterinary medicine are based on relatively small research groups, which limits the sensitivity and specificity of this method in scientific research. This review article presents the latest research on the use of thermography in veterinary medicine, including its benefits and limitations.
Keywords: thermography, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, horses, diseases