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Thermal imagery splashed across the news showing individual running from or trying to hide from law enforcement are probably the most common experience most people have with this technology. That or the thermal scanners used to detect elevated body temperature at airports and other transportation hubs. There are many different ways to use this type of imaging, including for detecting mechanical issues, diagnosing illnesses, and just for fun.

Mechanical Inspections 

Most thermal imaging is used in the professional setting. For example, surveying aircraft for fuselage damage, detecting leaks in water systems and ascertaining the performance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are some of the environments where thermal imaging inspections Southeast can be used. 

The images produced from the inspections not only help find problems but can aid in preventive maintenance. Monitoring bearings in factories for temperature changes can alert workers that a maintenance issue may be pending. The images can also help identify temperature variations in welding, which requires that the metal be heated to a uniform temperature to create a successful bond. They can even find out if a motor is overheated so that action to prevent it from burning out can be taken.

Healthcare Diagnostics 

A rise in the surface temperature of the skin above normal ranges can suggest not only a fever but other underlying medical, but temperature elevation on a specific area of the body can indicate an infection. Although it is not recommended as an early diagnostic tool, thermal images can detect breast and other types of cancer. In addition, disorders of the muscles and bones and circulatory problems such as deep vein thrombosis can be diagnoses with the use of this imaging technology.

Innovative Adventures

Lower-cost thermal imaging cameras have been developed and have opened doors into using them for fun and creativity. Some ideas for this type of use include taking them camping to see what is going on in the dark of night or gaining the upper hand during a game of hide-and-seek. Maybe it would be fun to create unique works of art or have such a camera and show it off to friends. 

There are many different ways to use thermal imaging technology in addition to these mechanical, healthcare and innovative ideas. As more cameras are made available for the average consumer, it is likely that even more ideas will be generated both for fun and to help industry professionals.

 

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