Thermography in Diagnosis of Radiculopathies

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Abstract: Infrared imaging (thermography) has developed rapidly over the past 10–15 years as a diagnostic imaging procedure. Despite scientific validation and proven use in the clinical setting, neuromuscular thermography has met with much criticism and skepticism. The emotional and political controversy surrounding thermography has distracted the medical community to such an extent that the real issue of utmost importance to the practicing physician is often ignored. The basic scientific foundation of medicine should preclude the prejudicial influence of emotion, politics, and anecdotes. Scientific investigations, for more than 2 decades now, have demonstrated that neuromuscular thermography is of proven value in the clinical evaluation of various pain disorders and neuromuscular conditions, including radicular pathology.

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