Toward the design of a wearable system for contact thermography in telemedicine

Telemedicine Journal and E-health : the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Daniele GiansantiPaola Bernhardt


Thermal imaging of the skin has been used for several decades for monitoring of temperature distribution of human skin for the detection of thermal abnormalities indicating pathologies (malignancies, inflammation, infection, and vascular, dermatological, and rheumatic disorders). Literature has shown that to detect and monitor the thermal abnormalities related to pathologic conditions, there is a need to extend acquisition over 8, 12, 16, or 24 hours. A wearable device is strongly needed in contact thermography to reach the objective of long-term monitoring of contact thermography, especially in telemedicine applications. A wearable system has been designed and constructed that allows the continuous thermographic monitoring of a skin region at the point of affixation. Measurement allowed by this system is direct and not hampered by the influence of the environment--as with IR thermography--nor by the geometry of skin surface (curvatures, roughness) thanks to the flexible adaptation of the sensing head to the surface. The validation of the system embedded in a pilot preliminary telemedicine application was successful. The next step will be the wide focusing and adaptation to telemedicine clinical applications to assess the respo...Continue Reading


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