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New, non-invasive thermographic examination of body surface temperature on tetraplegic and paraplegic patients, as a supplement to existing diagnostic measures

: Roehl, K.; Becker, S.; Fuhrmeister, C.; Teuscher, N.; Füting, M.; Heilmann, A.


Spinal cord 47 (2009), Nr.6, S.492-495
ISSN: 1362-4393
ISSN: 1476-5624
Fraunhofer IWM ()

Study design: Prospective clinical trial of consecutive tetraplegic and paraplegic cases. Objectives: The detection of the neurological level of paralysis by thermographic imaging. Setting: Spinal Cord Injury Center in Germany Halle (Saale) and Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Halle (Saale). Methods: Twelve tetraplegic and 4 paraplegic patients (ASIA A-C) were examined by thermal imaging with a diagnosis of a temperature difference on the skin surface. Results: A new application of thermography for diagnostic purposes could be demonstrated, especially by the new methodical approaches to evaluate thermographic images. Conclusion: Thermography could prospectively be applied in the emergency diagnosis and therapy for accident victims as a supplement to existing diagnostic measures for spinal cord injury.