Infrared Thermal Imaging is one of the most important technologies utilized in the commercial and residential inspection arena. In the hands of a certified thermographer, an infrared camera allows us to detect items which would have gone unnoticed through a typical visual inspection. The ability to detect temperature differences across surface areas gives the clues to any underlying anomalies.
Thermography is imaging in the infrared spectrum. Infrared is the range of light just above the visible spectrum,(8–15 µm).
In the infrared spectrum, you can see heat. Everything in the universe emits some heat. How and where that heat presents itself can tell you a lot. It can show you where insulation is missing in your house, where you have water inside a wall, where a breaker or fuse is malfunctioning, you can even identify leaks in your heating system.
Thermography is being used with horses and show dogs to identify problems you can't see with other technologies, and in medicine to show strokes, bad teeth, and cancer. It is an growing technology that seems to have an application in just about every field.
Greg Stockton of Stockton Infrared is an innovator in the field, using thermography to identify energy thieves for gas providers, saving them millions in lost profits. He uses arial infrared imaging to find leaks in the roofs of industrial buildings, problems with nuclear reactors and has pioneered a process for identify the causes of inefficient data center cooling.
Infrared Thermography can identify lameness in horses two weeks before it is identifiable clinically. Saddle fit problems are easily seen. This is a big help for horse lovers who can start treatment sooner and lessen the pain their animals suffer. The owners of show dogs use it to see muscle strain, fractures and hot spots on their dogs before competitions.
Thermography is non-invasive and non-destructive, and can help pinpoint a problem.
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