Medical Thermal Imaging Camera Training / Education

Education is one of the most important aspects of medical thermography. There are certain standards that should be met in order for the thermographic information to be valid. A certified thermographic technician should receive training in patient procedures, patient protocols, room size, room temperature parameters, patient positioning, patient preparation, pre-scan requirements, acclimation period, patient data input and more!

Clinical certification training courses are available with independent board certified medical thermographers. For your convenience, clinical certification training courses are available on-line, in person, or as a convenient hard drive course that is sent to you. Spectron IR recommends the International Academy of Clinical Thermology (IACT) and the American Academy of Thermology (AAT) for your clinical certification training. Please call 855-482-6444 for more information on clinical certification courses, a copy of a clinical certification course outlines and clinical certification course availability.

IACT Training
International Association of Certified Thermographers
IACT Training
International Academy of Clinical Thermology
AAT Training
American Academy of Thermology

Spectron IR provides full turn-key medical infrared solutions with complete online equipment training in the use of any of our imaging systems at NO extra charge. To see equipment packages click here.

Learn important aspects about:

  • Medical thermal imaging cameras
  • Camera calibration
  • Proper focus procedure
  • Camera stability and drift
  • Thermal patterns
  • Temperature span
  • Temperature level
  • Software
  • Software functions
  • Importing and exporting patient data
  • Enhanced keystroke functions
  • Viewing multiple images at once (up to 16)
  • Pre-image designation sequences
  • Utilizing multiple color palettes
  • Handling of the thermographic equipment
  • Customized color palettes
  • Printing images with ink saver function
  • Cart configuration
  • Cart functions
  • Cart articulation
  • And much more!

Associations that teach medical thermal imaging must govern themselves and provide their own certification programs. That is why it is important for an aspiring certified medical thermography technician to ask questions about the course structure, length, and qualified trainers. The value of the certification is determined by the content and professional requirements. Spectron IR recommends that a person receives training from a board certified medical thermographer. A Spectron IR representative is available to answer your concerns via phone (855-482-6444) or email info@spectronir.com.

Example of Technician Course Syllabus:

Competency Areas –

1. Medical thermal imaging camera operations

2. Imaging laboratory standards and protocols

3. Patient preparation protocols and office procedures

4. Routine projections of the head, thorax, and breast

5. Routine projections of the upper extremities

6. Routine projections of the lumbopelvic and abdominal region

7. Routine projections of the lower extremities

8. Special considerations: positioning and projections

Course Objectives:

1) Medical thermal imaging camera operations

1. The student will be able to describe the necessary components of a medical thermal imaging camera.

2. The student will be able to discuss the basic physics involved in medical infrared imaging as it pertains to the

     basic technological standards for medical infrared imaging systems.

3. The student will be able to demonstrate competency in the operation of the medical imaging system:

     a. Patient data entry

     b. Data base use and functions

     c. Proper image quality settings (span, level, focus)

     d. Image capture

     e. Camera calibration (single point and complex)

     f. Physical manipulation of the imaging system components

     g. Exporting images

 

2) Imaging laboratory standards and protocols

1. The student will be able to describe the proper physical needs of a functional

     thermal imaging laboratory.

2. The student will be able to discuss the environmental demands and controls necessary for the

     capture of clinical infrared images.

3. The student will be able to discuss the physiologic reasons for the laboratory environmental acclimation

     of the patient and its proper application.

4. The student will be able to describe the proper maintenance of a thermal imaging laboratory.

 

3) Patient preparation protocols and office procedures

1. The student will be able to list the pre-imaging preparation instructions given to each patient.

2. The student will be able to discuss the physiological reasons for each item listed with regard to

     pre-imaging preparation of the patient.

3. The student will be able to properly review patient intake forms for accuracy and lead the patient

     through the process.

4) Routine projections of the head, thorax, and breast

1. The student will be able to discuss the routine and special projections/positions of the head, thorax,

     and breast in terms of structures visualized, general body considerations, and special body

     considerations.

2. The student will be able to discuss the physiologic process of a thermoregulatory challenge and its

     proper application.

3. The student will be able to evaluate the accuracy of positioning, image quality and anatomical structures

     visualized on thermographic images.

4. The student will be able to apply knowledge of thermographic procedures related to the head, thorax,

     and breast via performance in a laboratory environment.

 

Application of positioning consideration for the head, thorax, and breast:

Head, Face, and Neck:

1. Face

2. Right Face

3. Left Face

4. Right Oblique Face

5. Left Oblique Face

6. Anterior Neck

7. Posterior Neck

Thorax:

1. Upper Back

2. Chest

3. Full Spine

Breast:

1. Bilateral Breast

2. Right Oblique Breast

3. Left Oblique Breast

4. Right Breast

5. Left Breast

6. Right Breast – Lift

7. Left Breast – Lift

8. Bilateral Breast – Thermoregulatory Challenge

9. Right Oblique Breast – Thermoregulatory Challenge

10. Left Oblique Breast – Thermoregulatory Challenge

11. Right Breast – Thermoregulatory Challenge

12. Left Breast – Thermoregulatory Challenge

13. Right Breast – Lift – Thermoregulatory Challenge

14. Left Breast – Lift – Thermoregulatory Challenge

 

5) Routine projections of the upper extremities

1. The student will be able to discuss the routine and special projections/positions of the upper

     extremities in terms of structures visualized, general body considerations,

     and special body considerations.

2. The student will be able to discuss the physiologic process of a thermoregulatory challenge and its

     proper application.

3. The student will be able to evaluate the accuracy of positioning, image quality and anatomical

     structures visualized on thermographic images.

4. The student will be able to apply knowledge of thermographic procedures related to the upper

     extremities via performance in a laboratory environment.

 

Application of positioning considerations for the upper extremities:

1. Bilateral Anterior Forearms

2. Bilateral Posterior Forearms

3. Bilateral Radial Forearms

4. Bilateral Dorsal Hands

5. Bilateral Palmar Hands

6. Bilateral Dorsal Hands – Thermoregulatory Challenge

7. Bilateral Palmar Hands – Thermoregulatory Challenge

 

6) Routine projections of the lumbopelvic and abdominal region

1. The student will be able to discuss the routine and special projections/positions of the lumbopelvic

     and abdominal regions in terms of structures visualized, general body considerations,

     and special body considerations.

2. The student will be able to evaluate the accuracy of positioning, image quality and anatomical structures

     visualized on thermographic images.

3. The student will be able to apply knowledge of thermographic procedures related to the upper extremities

     via performance in a laboratory environment.

 

Application of positioning considerations for the lumbopelvic and abdominal regions:

Lumbopelvic:

1. Lumbar

2. Gluteal

Abdominal:

1. Abdomen

 

7) Routine projections of the lower extremities

1. The student will be able to discuss the routine and special projections/positions of the lower

    extremities in terms of structures visualized, general body considerations, and special body considerations.

2. The student will be able to evaluate the accuracy of positioning, image quality and anatomical

     structures visualized on thermographic images.

3. The student will be able to apply knowledge of thermographic procedures related to the upper

     extremities via performance in a laboratory environment.

 

Application of positioning considerations for the lower extremities:

1. Bilateral Anterior Thighs

2. Bilateral Posterior Thighs

3. Right Gait Thighs

4. Left Gait Thighs

5. Bilateral Anterior Legs

6. Bilateral Posterior Legs

7. Right Gait Legs

8. Left Gait Legs

9. Bilateral Dorsal Feet

10. Bilateral Plantar Feet

 

8) Special considerations: positioning and projections

1. The student will be able to discuss the special projections/positions of each anatomic region

    with regard to the needs of patients who are unable to assume the standard positioning.

2. The student will be able to evaluate the accuracy of positioning, image quality and anatomical

     structures visualized on specialized thermographic images.

3. The student will be able to apply knowledge of thermographic procedures related to the special

     projections/positions of each anatomic region via performance in a laboratory environment.