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  • Thermal Imaging for Detecting Elevated Body Temperature

    03/25/2020


    Thermal Imaging for Detecting Elevated Body Temperature


    Can Thermal Cameras be used to detect a virus or infection?


    The quick answer to this question is no, but thermal imaging cameras can be used to detect Elevated Body Temperature.


    However, FLIR thermal cameras have been used in public spaces—such as airports, train terminals, businesses, factories, and concerts—as an effective tool to measure skin surface temperature and identify individuals with Elevated Body Temperature (EBT).


    In light of the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is now officially a pandemic, society is deeply concerned about the spread of infection and seeking tools to help slow and ultimately stop the spread of the virus.  Although no thermal cameras can detect or diagnose the coronavirus, FLIR cameras have a long history of detecting EBT in high-traffic public places through quick individual screening.


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





    The thermal camera must be able to image the inner corner (tearduct) of the eye when screening for EBT. Have subjects remove glasses or any other eye obstructions before screening. 

    Using thermal cameras, officials can be more discrete, efficient, and effective in identifying individuals that need further screening with virus-specific tests. A variety of institutions, including transportation agencies, businesses, factories, and first responders are using thermal screening as an EBT detection method and as part of employee health and screening (EH&S).


    NOTE: When screening for EBT with a FLIR thermal camera, it's important to screen one person at a time, standing no more than 1-2 meters away from the camera. 


    Airports in particular are actively employing FLIR thermal cameras as part of their screening measures for passengers and flight crews. The screening procedures implemented at airports and in other public places are just the first step when it comes to detecting a possible infection: it’s a quick way to screen for anyone who  might  be sick, and must always be followed up with further screening before authorities decide to quarantine a person.



    What FLIR cameras are used for thermal screening?

    While governments outside the United States may choose from many different cameras, FLIR has a 510(k) filing (K033967) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for select camera models for use as non-contact screening tools to detect differences in skin surface temperatures. These cameras include the  FLIR Exx-Series FLIR T-Series FLIR A310 , and  Extech IR200


    For more information about ordering FLIR cameras for temperature screening purposes in the United States, please contact your Mallory Safety Representative, or call Toll-Free: 1-800-MALLORY (1-800-625-5679).




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    12/03/2019



    If it's happened to you, and most likely it has, then you know just what an awful, helpless feeling it is when your car battery dies on you. A dead battery can turn a good day into a challenging one - and affect your whole schedule.

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  • How to Avoid Flat Tires

    11/14/2019



    As you barrel down the highway on your morning commute, you notice a stranded motorist on the side of the road with a flat tire and think boy, I’m sure glad that’s not me. But seeing that also makes you think, how can I avoid that being me next time? And am I prepared with what I need if it does happen?

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  • Safety Practices for Walkers

    11/13/2019



    This time of year, with darkness and weather, parents and students should think about safety. Here are a few quick reminders to think about before you head out the door: “Stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.”

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  • Active Shooter Preparedness

    10/10/2019



    Ever since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999 shocked the country and the world, law enforcement experts and agencies have refocused their efforts to learn all they can about persons who become active shooters and how we can be prepared for those situations in order to either prevent them beforehand or stop them as quickly as possible to limit the number of casualties.

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Thermal Imaging for Detecting Elevated Body Temperature

03/25/2020


Thermal Imaging for Detecting Elevated Body Temperature


Can Thermal Cameras be used to detect a virus or infection?


The quick answer to this question is no, but thermal imaging cameras can be used to detect Elevated Body Temperature.


However, FLIR thermal cameras have been used in public spaces—such as airports, train terminals, businesses, factories, and concerts—as an effective tool to measure skin surface temperature and identify individuals with Elevated Body Temperature (EBT).


In light of the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is now officially a pandemic, society is deeply concerned about the spread of infection and seeking tools to help slow and ultimately stop the spread of the virus.  Although no thermal cameras can detect or diagnose the coronavirus, FLIR cameras have a long history of detecting EBT in high-traffic public places through quick individual screening.


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





The thermal camera must be able to image the inner corner (tearduct) of the eye when screening for EBT. Have subjects remove glasses or any other eye obstructions before screening. 

Using thermal cameras, officials can be more discrete, efficient, and effective in identifying individuals that need further screening with virus-specific tests. A variety of institutions, including transportation agencies, businesses, factories, and first responders are using thermal screening as an EBT detection method and as part of employee health and screening (EH&S).


NOTE: When screening for EBT with a FLIR thermal camera, it's important to screen one person at a time, standing no more than 1-2 meters away from the camera. 


Airports in particular are actively employing FLIR thermal cameras as part of their screening measures for passengers and flight crews. The screening procedures implemented at airports and in other public places are just the first step when it comes to detecting a possible infection: it’s a quick way to screen for anyone who  might  be sick, and must always be followed up with further screening before authorities decide to quarantine a person.



What FLIR cameras are used for thermal screening?

While governments outside the United States may choose from many different cameras, FLIR has a 510(k) filing (K033967) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for select camera models for use as non-contact screening tools to detect differences in skin surface temperatures. These cameras include the  FLIR Exx-Series FLIR T-Series FLIR A310 , and  Extech IR200


For more information about ordering FLIR cameras for temperature screening purposes in the United States, please contact your Mallory Safety Representative, or call Toll-Free: 1-800-MALLORY (1-800-625-5679).




Read More   

Safe Use of Jumper Cables

12/03/2019



If it's happened to you, and most likely it has, then you know just what an awful, helpless feeling it is when your car battery dies on you. A dead battery can turn a good day into a challenging one - and affect your whole schedule.

Read More   

How to Avoid Flat Tires

11/14/2019



As you barrel down the highway on your morning commute, you notice a stranded motorist on the side of the road with a flat tire and think boy, I’m sure glad that’s not me. But seeing that also makes you think, how can I avoid that being me next time? And am I prepared with what I need if it does happen?

Read More   

Safety Practices for Walkers

11/13/2019



This time of year, with darkness and weather, parents and students should think about safety. Here are a few quick reminders to think about before you head out the door: “Stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.”

Read More   

Active Shooter Preparedness

10/10/2019



Ever since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999 shocked the country and the world, law enforcement experts and agencies have refocused their efforts to learn all they can about persons who become active shooters and how we can be prepared for those situations in order to either prevent them beforehand or stop them as quickly as possible to limit the number of casualties.

Read More