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Using Thermal Imaging To Detect Small Nerve Fiber Dysfunction

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It is estimated that about 2% of the world population suffers from small nerve fiber dysfunction, which can result in neuropathic pain; diabetic patients represent a large portion of this population. While the dysfunction of large nerve fibers can be assessed using standard neurological examination and electromyography (EMG), currently no noninvasive techniques exist to detect and quantify small fiber dysfunction.

In research funded by the Dutch Technology Foundation STW, thermal imaging technology is used to develop an experimental setup that can detect this neuropathic phenomenon. To stimulate the development of new ways of employing thermal imaging cameras for medical purposes FLIR Systems has donated a high quality cooled FLIR SC5000 Series thermal imaging camera and the dedication of its experienced personnel to this research project.

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