What You Need to Know About Thermal Detection Systems and COVID-19?

July 15, 2020
 |  Surveillance Cameras

In recent times thermal imaging systems have been used worldwide to detect fever in places like airports, markets, etc.
When used correctly, thermal detection systems have generally been shown to accurately measure a person’s skin’s surface temperature without being physically close to the person being assessed. Thermal imaging systems offer certain advantages because other methods require closer contact

A diagnostic test should be performed to determine if anyone has COVID-19. But if the requirement is only to determine the fever in a person, then thermal imaging cameras are good and faster at it and can be used.
Thermal detection systems are not accurate when used to take the temperature of multiple people simultaneously. The real accuracy of such types of systems depends on careful configuration and operation and the proper preparation of the person being assessed.
Several countries have used thermal imaging systems during epidemics, although information on their effectiveness to reduce or minimize the disease effect is mixed.

Advantages of Thermal Imaging Systems

The person using the thermal detection system should not be physically close to the person being assessed. The person using the thermal imaging system may be in a different area or room.

The thermal imaging system can measure the skin surface’s temperature faster than the typical frontal or oral (mouth) thermometer, which requires close distance or physical contact with the person being assessed.

According to the FDA scientific studies show that, when appropriately used, thermal imaging systems generally measure the skin surface temperature with precision.

Appropriate Use of Thermal Imaging Systems

The person using the system should follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the system is appropriately configured and located to measure the temperature of the skin surface accurately.

The person who is carrying out the system should be appropriately trained and be prepared.

How can Thermal Imaging Systems Contribute to the COVID-19 Response?

A thermal imaging system can help and contribute to helping address urgent public health issues raised by the shortage of temperature measurement products and to increase the availability of tele thermographic systems used for baseline body temperature differentiate purposes during this COVID 19.

When the thermal image identifies a high body temperature, an additional assessment should be carried out.

A Thermal Imaging System in COVID-19 Diagnose

A fever or higher body temperature is just one of the possible symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Thermal detection systems generally detect high body temperature precisely when used correctly. They are also unable to detect any symptoms, and many people with COVID-19 can be contagious without symptoms like fever. Besides, high body temperature does not necessarily mean that a person has a COVID-19 infection.

All fevers measured by thermal imaging systems should be confirmed by another method and followed by further diagnostic assessments of other symptoms, if applicable.

A thermometer measures the surface temperature in one place. Also, the thermal imaging system can measure the temperature difference at multiple locations simultaneously; it can make a fever map of the body.

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