Medicine is one of the most active fields in the use of infrared thermography (IRT). Medical diagnostics and monitoring today afford an opportunity to utilize the unique potentials of modern computer equipped FPA-based infrared cameras. At the same time, a large majority of IRT-assisted diagnostic methods and medical investigations are still modelled on the principles developed on the basis of instruments of previous generations. The aim of this chapter is to present the range of problems on up-to-date medical IRT in an orderly fashion and to unveil the unique capabilities of this method as applied to medicine.
Keywords: Infrared thermography (IRT), thermal imaging, focal plane array (FPA) based infrared camera, medical applications of IRT, topical problems in medical IRT, system approach to medical IRT, medical IRT methodology, surface thermal pattern, thermogram, mathematical treatments of medical thermograms, up-to-date definition of IRT.