An original method for analyzing thermo-images as an objective supplement to diagnosis outcome evaluation in knee pain syndrome
Jolanta Kujawa, Jarosław Oborzyński, Kamila Gworys, Mirosław Janiszewski, Małgorzata Łukowicz
Jolanta Kujawa, Jarosław Oborzyński, Kamila Gworys, Mirosław Janiszewski, Małgorzata Łukowicz – An original method for analyzing thermo-images as an objective supplement to diagnosis outcome evaluation in knee pain syndrome. Fizjoterapia Polska 2003; 3(4); 375-383
Background. This article presents a technique for analyzing thermovision images by calculating the knee-limb temperature index (KLTI). The usefulness of this technique for diagnosis and outcome evaluation is assessed. Material and methods. 41 patients with knee pain syndrome in 67 joints were examined, along with 30 healthy controls. The intensity of knee joint dysfunction was evaluated on a 0-30 point scale according to a specially developed test the sheet. Results. In the control group, the KLTI was in the range from -1.4°C to -0.2°C; the range from -1.31°C to -0.5°C was the norm for 90% of the population. In the experimental group, the KLTC place from -0.5°C to +1.8°C. The differences between the KLTI values in the two groups was statistically significant. There was also correlation between the intensity of dysfunction and the KLTI. In the experimental group the values were lower after treatment. Conclusions. The KLTI is a highly specific and sensitive instrument for evaluating knee pain syndrome. The technique described here is a valuable diagnostic supplement, objectivizing outcome evaluation in these patients.
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