An overview of recent application of medical infrared thermography in sports medicine in Austria

Sensors (Basel). 2010;10(5):4700-15. doi: 10.3390/s100504700. Epub 2010 May 7.


Medical infrared thermography (MIT) is used for analyzing physiological functions related to skin temperature. Technological advances have made MIT a reliable medical measurement tool. This paper provides an overview of MIT's technical requirements and usefulness in sports medicine, with a special focus on overuse and traumatic knee injuries. Case studies are used to illustrate the clinical applicability and limitations of MIT. It is concluded that MIT is a non-invasive, non-radiating, low cost detection tool which should be applied for pre-scanning athletes in sports medicine.

Keywords: infrared sensor technology; injury management; knee; thermal imaging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Austria
  • Humans
  • Infrared Rays*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Skiing
  • Sports Medicine / methods*
  • Thermography / methods*