Thermal Imaging for Horses - Questions and Answers
Please find below a list of the most common questions with their answers that we get asked. While this list is not exhaustive we hope that it will help, however if you have any other questions, please contact us and we will be happy to answer them.
Is your thermal camera a proper veterinary thermal camera?
Some thermographers claim to have a special veterinary thermal imaging camera and suggest that others have industrial cameras which are not as good. The thermal imaging camera that we use at The Inner Picture is a high resolution imaging camera that is used in many applications including veterinary and medical applications all across the world and is fully approved for use in these areas. You can be reassured that the images produced are high resolution and high quality.
If I have a thermal camera inspection, do I still need to get my vet to come out?
Our objective is to work closely with the Owner / Trainer of any horse that is indicating areas of distress to ensure that it receives the best possible treatment. A thermal examination will identify areas of heat anomalies that indicate further investigation should be carried out and we will leave you with a full report including both thermal and digital images and our suggestions based on the results. We would always recommend that your vet is consulted before you undertake any treatment as a result of anomalies found during the infrared inspection.
Will the inspection hurt or distress the horse?
No. The infrared inspection is non invasive and non contact. The Thermographer will examine the horse using a thermal camera, very similar in appearance to a video camera, and does not need to touch the horse at any time. We would prefer the owner to hold the horse during the inspection.
How long will it take for the horse to recover after the inspection?
There is no recovery period after an examination as the horse does not receive any treatment, the inspection is purely visual using the thermal camera. Normal work or activities can be resumed straight away if required.
Do I have to sedate my horse?
Because the examination is just a visual inspection and there is no contact with the horse, no form of sedation is required. However it will produce clearer images that are easier to interpret if the horse will stand still for a short while to allow the inspection to take place.
Does the camera apply heat to the horse or is there any physical contact with the horse?
The infrared inspection is completely non contact and non-intrusive, and the thermal camera does not come into contact with the horse. The technology works using the heat emitted by the horse to produce a thermal image which can be used to identify problem areas.
Are there any special requirements required of the owner prior to scanning?
We only ask that the horse be normalised for at least two hours before the scan. That means ideally the horse should be clean, dry, and settled in a stable away from either cold drafts or hot humid areas. We will speak to the owner about requirements prior to the consultation, however further information is available on our pre inspection page.
Do I have to bring my horse to you?
No. We will travel to you, this ensures that the horse is relaxed among its own surroundings and alleviates any stress caused by travel. However there will be a travelling component to the fee, but this will be clearly explained and agreed with you prior to our visit.
How much will it cost to have my horse scanned?
This will depend on where the horse is located and whether or not you choose to have a partial scan or a full body scan. Some indicative prices are listed on our prices page, however please feel free to contact us for a no obligation quote.
How long before I get the results?
The images can be downloaded to a laptop computer or a CD within minutes and depending upon the injury or problems, we may give our suggestions verbally during the consultation, however a full and detailed analysis, including both thermal and digital images and a written report will usually be ready the next day.
Do you keep the images of my horse for future reference?
Yes. We keep your horse's records on file and they are freely available to you. This is important and advantageous as it can provide a bench-mark and starting point for future analysis. All records are confidential.