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Medical Thermology is a sympathetic skin response study that involves the use of infrared imaging. Skin galvanic impedance, vasomotor and sudomotor physiology can be assessed through infrared skin response studies. Medical Thermology is completely non-contact and involves no form of energy imparted onto or into the body. Disciplines that may have interest in medical Thermology include neurology and neurosurgery, physiatry, pain specialists, orthopedics, occupational medicine, vascular medicine, oncology and veterinary medicine.
Sympathetic skin response studies such as infrared imaging are valuable diagnostic tools for the study of complex regional pain syndromes (CRPS), reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), vasomotor headache and Barre-Lieou. Other established clinical indications include venouos and peripheral arterial disorders such as insufficiency or vasospastic disease, rheumatic inflammation, trauma and post operative or fracture pain. Extensive literature exists on the use of infrared imaging for various cancers, most notably breast.
Seeing the whole picture since 1971
The American Academy of Thermology is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, health care training and clinical application of medical infrared imaging.
The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) was founded in 1971. The AAT is a multi-disciplinary organization that promotes education, research and the clinical application of medical infrared imaging. The AAT provides a forum for those who have interest in medically related conditions that involve the autonomic nervous, peripheral vascular and immuno-inflammatory systems. Relevant articles for publication may be submitted to the AAT for publication in its peer reviewed journal, Thermology International. Relevant continuing medical education credits are offered by the Academy.
The American Academy of Thermology holds annual conferences for the presentation of scientific and professional papers. In cooperation with the international Thermology community the American Academy of Thermology prepares and publishes peer reviewed guidelines for the use of medical infrared imaging. The American Academy of Thermology serves as the voice of its members in medical practice, health care finance, legislative and regulatory related matters.
The American Academy of Thermology offers different categories of membership. Interested individuals should either be licensed physicians, accomplished medical scientists with demonstrated interest in medical infrared imaging or technologists who desire training and education in Thermology. Members who meet the necessary prerequisites may obtain competency certification by successfully passing the Certification Program offered through the American Academy of Thermology.
Upcoming Educational and Member Certification Qualification Courses:
For Physicians: April 19th & 20th, June 21 & 22nd, 2013
For Technicians: May 3rd and 4th, July 12 & 13th, 2013
AAT Annual Meeting will be held October 25-27th, 2013
All courses are held at the
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, S.C.
Medical Infrared Thermal Imaging has also found application in Veterinary Medicine. While large animal applications predominate (equine) more recently there has been more actiivty in the small animal arena as well.