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Using thermal imaging to detect elevated body temperature

March 24, 2020 | By Anthony Capkun

March 24, 2020 – Although no thermal cameras can detect or diagnose coronavirus, FLIR reminds us that its cameras have a history of detecting Elevated Body Temperature (EBT) in high-traffic places—e.g. airports, train terminals, businesses, factories—through “quick individual screening”.

(Thermal cameras with EBT capability can be powerful first-line defence tools in workplaces deemed “essential”.)

When the temperature of the skin in key areas (especially the corner of the eye and forehead) is above average, then the individual may be selected for additional screening with virus-specific diagnostic tests. This can help reduce or slow the spread of viruses and infections.

Using thermal cameras, “officials can be more discrete, efficient and effective” in identifying individuals requiring further screening, says FLIR, adding that a variety of institutions are using thermal screening as an EBT detection method, and as part of employee health and screening.


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