Infrared thermography: a rapid, portable, and accurate technique to detect experimental pneumothorax.

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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: Pneumothorax (Ptx) is a life-threatening complication that can result from trauma, mechanical ventilation, and invasive procedures. Infrared thermography (IRT), a compact and portable technology, has become highly sensitive. We hypothesized that IRT could detect Ptx by identifying associated changes in skin temperature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bilateral nonpenetrating chest incisions or needle punctures were performed in 21 anesthetized rats. Rats were then randomized to no, bilateral, left, or right Ptx by either open (n = 16) or closed percutaneous (n = 5) puncture through selected pleurae. Real-time thermographic images and surface temperature data were acquired with a noncooled infrared camera. RESULTS: In all cases, blinded observers correctly identified each Ptx with real-time grayscale image analysis. When compared to either the ipsilateral baseline or an abdominal reference, experimental Ptx produced a significantly greater decrease in surface temperature when compared to non-Ptx control. CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate that portable infrared imaging can rapidly and accurately detect changes in thoracic surface temperature associated with experimental pneumothorax.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rich, PB; Dulabon, GR; Douillet, CD; Listwa, TM; Robinson, WP; Zarzaur, BL; Pearlstein, R; Katz, LM

Published Date

  • August 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 120 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 163 - 170

PubMed ID

  • 15234209

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4804

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jss.2004.02.026


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States