Thermal Imaging Could Detect Rheumatoid Arthritis

Thermal Imaging Could Detect Rheumatoid Arthritis

People with rheumatoid arthritis were more likely to have hot hands, a study using thermal imaging by University of Malta found

Associate professor Cynthia Formosa, a co-author of the study, said: ‘This is the first study to explore thermographic patterns of patients with RA comparing them to healthy controls.

‘Our results have clearly shown that an RA hand exhibits higher temperatures when compared to healthy individuals.’

The team, from the University of Malta and visiting fellows at Staffordshire University, tested ultrasound and thermal cameras on more than 80 volunteers.

Just under half of the patients (31) had rheumatoid arthritis while the other 51 had healthy joints.

Individuals with palm temperatures over 31.5°C (88.7°F) were more likely to have RA than those with cooler hands. The same was found for finger temperatures.

Read the full report from The Daily Mail.

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