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Temperature Distribution of Selected Body Surfaces in Scoliosis Based on Static Infrared Thermography

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Chair and Department of Functional Diagnostics and Physical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, 54 Żołnierska Str, 71-210 Szczecin, Poland
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Department of Developmental Neurology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 49 Przybyszewskiego Str, 60-355 Poznan, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 8913; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238913
Received: 1 November 2020 / Revised: 23 November 2020 / Accepted: 24 November 2020 / Published: 30 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thermal Imaging in Body and Skin Temperature Changes Evaluation)
The purpose of the research was to assess the usefulness of thermography as a complementary method in musculoskeletal dysfunction, with particular emphasis on scoliosis. The children, aged 7–16, were classified into one of two groups: the study group—children with scoliosis (n = 20), and the reference group—healthy children (n = 20). All children underwent anthropometric tests, body mass index determination, four pictures each with a FLIR T1030sc HD thermal imaging camera, and measurement of spinal rotation with a scoliometer (Gima, Italy). There is a temperature differential (about 4 °C) within the upper and lower body in children. In healthy children, differences in temperature of contralateral areas of the body do not exceed 0.5 °C. Thermography is a useful and noninvasive method of assessing muscular tension disbalance in the course of scoliosis. In the case of scoliosis, the areas of the body with a significant thermal asymmetry of the surface are the upper back, thighs, and back of the lower legs. Due to the high positive correlation of the spinal rotation angle with the amount of thermal asymmetry, the areas that should be subjected to a detailed thermal assessment in the supplementary diagnosis of scoliosis using thermovision are the upper back, chest, thighs, and back of the lower legs. View Full-Text
Keywords: scoliosis; thermography; skin temperature; asymmetry scoliosis; thermography; skin temperature; asymmetry
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Lubkowska, A.; Gajewska, E. Temperature Distribution of Selected Body Surfaces in Scoliosis Based on Static Infrared Thermography. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8913.

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Lubkowska A, Gajewska E. Temperature Distribution of Selected Body Surfaces in Scoliosis Based on Static Infrared Thermography. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):8913.

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Lubkowska, Anna; Gajewska, Ewa. 2020. "Temperature Distribution of Selected Body Surfaces in Scoliosis Based on Static Infrared Thermography" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 23: 8913.

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