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Objective

The objective of this study was to evaluate the intra-examiner and inter-examiner reproducibility of paraspinal thermography using an infrared scanner.

Materials and Methods

The thermal functions of a commercially available infrared scanner Insight Subluxation Station® were evaluated for clinical reliability. Two practicing clinicians conducted the measures on 100 subjects. Intra class correlation coefficients ICCs and concordance correlation coefficients CCCs were calculated from the collected data.

Results

Mean bilateral paraspinal skin temperature was 89.78° F and ranged from 88.77° F to 91.43° F. Intra class correlation coefficients ICCs for agreement and consistency ranged from 0.959 to 0.976. Concordance correlation coefficients CCCs ranged from 0.783 to 0.859 with tight confidence intervals indicating robust estimates of these quantities.

Conclusion

This study revealed excellent intra-examiner and inter-examiner reproducibility of paraspinal thermography using a commercially available unit.



Author: Matthew McCoy , Ismay Campbell, Pamela Stone, Curtis Fedorchuk, Sameera Wijayawardana, Kirk Easley

Source: http://plos.srce.hr/



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