Thermal scanning detects infrared radiation and produces images that make them visible. Because every object that has a temperature above “absolute zero” emits infrared radiation, thermal scanning makes it possible to see your environment without the need for visible light. The amount of radiation increases as the object’s temperature rises, and this process allows you to see these kinds of variations. Warm objects stand out more against cooler backgrounds. Humans and other warm-blooded animals also stand out against the environment, whether it’s during the day or at night. For that reason, thermal scanning has become useful to the military and other applications that require the use of surveillance cameras.
Common Applications for Thermal Scanning
Thermal scanning can be used to monitor certain physiological changes in humans and other warm-blooded animals, which is an application that has become valuable in the field of medicine. It’s often used to detect allergies as well as for veterinary medicine, and some people who practice alternative medicine are in favor of using it for breast screening — even though the FDA has warned people that it can cause them to miss cancer in the earliest stage. Government officials and airport personnel also used thermal scanning to detect people that they believe may be infected with swine flu during the outbreak in 2009.
While thermal imaging has a long history, it’s use has increased tremendously for certain commercial and industrial applications in the last 60 years. Firefighters use it to make their way through smoke, search for people, and look for the source of a fire. Maintenance technicians use it to locate joints and power lines that are overheating, which are usually signs of a coming failure. Construction workers can use thermal scanning to find heat leaks and bad thermal insulation in buildings, and they can use these results to heating and cooling systems more efficient.
Advantages to Thermal Scanning
Thermal scanning has several different advantages. Some of them include but may not be limited to:
- The ability to capture moving targets in real time.
- The ability to find components that are higher in temperature (which are signs of deterioration) prior to their failure.
- The ability to measure or observe areas that are hazardous or inaccessible through other means.
- The ability to run tests in a non-destructive manner.
- The ability to find defective shafts, pipes, and other metal or plastic components.
- The ability to find objects in dark areas.
Thermal imaging also has numerous advantages in certain medical applications, especially in the field of physiotherapy.
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