Why doesn't every veterinary hospital have one of these?
It could well be that there are some technical issues that I'm not aware of. But to my thinking this would make such an awesome diagnostic tool, wouldn't it?
What is the biggest drawback to treating dogs as opposed to people?
Dogs can't tell us where it hurts.
Some things are easy to diagnose. But some can remain a source of great frustration. Such as with Jasmine's episodes. It's been going on forever. We did a number of diagnostic procedures, therapeutic trials, had many working hypotheses. With help of TCVM we got things fairly under control. But the episodes do come back and the truth is we still don't have a solid idea what's causing them.
Is it her heart or lungs? No, nothing was found there. Is it the structural abnormality in her neck? X-rays were inconclusive and specialists opinion says not likely. From my own observation of Jasmine during these, I really don't think it's a neck pain.
Is it her IBD flaring up? Possibly. Is it allergies? Another working hypothesis but I really don't see that being the reason either. Plus antihistamines don't make any difference.
Is it something as simple as gas? No abdominal distention, flatulation and not responsive to GasX. Is it some kind of acid reflux? Not responsive to antacids.
Is it pain from her arthritis? I really don't see a reason to thing that and it doesn't respond to any type of pain medication.
So what the heck is it?
The truth is, we still don't know. How cool would it be to simply take a few pictures and have the troublesome area light right up?
|Oral Tumor (Epulis) in a Dog. Image Veterinary Thermal Imaging|
Veterinary Thermal Imaging website shows examples of conditions that were diagnosed with the help of this technology.
- subclinical tendon lesion
- muscular wasting (arthrophy)
- joint inflammation
- intermittent lameness
- oral tumor
- subchondral bone cyst
It's totally non-invasive.
Doesn't require anesthesia, sedation, shaving …
I realize that it won't replace the need for more advanced diagnostics in some situations, but if there was a tool that could point out the problem area, wouldn't that make things way easier?
Where does it hurt?
Too good to be truth? I don't know. But I'd be all over it.
So why doesn't every veterinary hospital have one of these?
It's your dog's health,
Veterinary Thermal Imaging Case Studies
Veterinary Applications for Large and Small Animals with Teletherm infrared
Thermal imaging of normal and cranial cruciate ligament-deficient stifles in dogs
Evaluation of thermographic imaging of the limbs of healthy dogs