|December 2004-A new IR Human Fever Detection System vendor has joined the market. Optotherm, Inc. of Sewickley, PA has been offering and evidently selling its system with some success.
According to the Optotherm website, ThermoScreen, designed and
manufactured by OptoTherm, is a high-accuracy fever screening system that does
not require an external calibration source. ThermoScreen does not require an
export license, resulting in prompt delivery.
|Singapore-October 2003-The Standards authority has completed the first part of the two part Technical Reference 15 on Characterizing Infrared Thermal Imagers for use in Mass Screening for SARS-visit the website: http://www.spring.gov.sg for more information.
||Orlando, Florida, USA- SARS Thermal Imager and Related Presentations at the ThermoSense XXVI Conference , April 13-15, 2004.- Several papers from Singapore and China were presented at the annual ThermoSense technical conference on the use and technology of Thermal Imagers in mass screening of humans for elevated body temperture in the efforts to contain SARS in 2003. Full text copies are published in the Proceeding of SPIE, Vol 5405 (ThermoSense XXVI)(April 13-15, 2004) Douglas D. Burleigh, K. Elliott Cramer and G. Raymond Peacock Editor,. Printed copies are available through SPIE headquartered in the USA. See the link above to the ThermoSense website for the titles and authors of the conference papers.
Brunei Online-June 6,2003|
Two New Infrared SARS Thermal Imagers installed
in Brunei International Airport airport asa precautionary measure in an effort
of detect any probable SARS cases that could arrive in Brunei.
photograph in the article shows one of the units being demonstrated to the Minister
of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Putera Maharaja Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar
and Mr Ron Newport, "the equipment expert".
equipment appears to be that made by Cantronics of BC, Canada.
April 23, 2003, temperature checks have been carried out on all passengers arriving
at the Airport and other entry points.
The precautionary measure follows the
Joint Declaration of the special Asean Leaders meeting on SARS in Bangkok on April
Star Online: News June 06, 2003
SINGAPORE: The KTM Berhard Railway Station in Tanjung Pagar gets two Thermal Imaging
scanners to help screen passengers for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The machines were installed on Wednesday, June 4, 2003.
record temperatures that are apparently above the normal reading of 37.5°C
of passengers using the checkpoint to enter Malaysia by train.
Johor deputy public health director Dr. Mohd Raily Suhaili said the department
would continue with the infrared screenings until both countries agree to stop. About
400 people were screened on Wednesday between 11am and 10pm and none were reported
as having a temperature.
Engineering Will NOT SELL Industrial IR Thermometers for SARS Screening use!
published on the Omega Engineering Web site includes the following statements
that are in concert with the findings published by SPRING Singapore. (see article
in the block to the right)
OMEGA's IR devices are intended for scientific, technical and industrial purposes
ONLY. They are NOT to be used as a diagnostic tool in relation to the SARS
epidemic, since they are NOT designed for, intended to, or capable of measuring
human body temperature."
"Please Also Note:
sold by OMEGA is not intended to be used, nor shall it be used: (1) as a "Basic
Component" under 10 CFR 21 (NRC), used in or with any nuclear installation
or activity; or (2) in medical applications or used on humans, or misused in any
Omega does not sell Infrared Thermal Imaging Systems.
of Tests Conducted by SPRING Singapore on Thermometers and Thermal Imagers Now
Include Thermal Imagers.
Singapore has tested 3 more types of temperature measuring devices, in addition
to the report below in a May 13th Channel News Asia article.
new report covers contact clinical oral and forehead strip thermometers, (spot)
Industrial Infrared Thermometers and five different Temperature-Measuring Thermal
conclusions were that the clinical thermometers were adequate while the the
Industrial IR thermometers were not.
of the five Imaging systems that used a reference of thermal source and detected
differences above the reference were found to have adequate sensitivitity and
stability to be used for mass screening purposes. Follow up (verification) with
another, more precise clinical thermometer is a necessary second step to confirm
the results of a screening.
Instruments International reported on May 21 2003 that they had received
orders for 10 Human BODY TEMPERATURE SCREENING IMAGER from the engineering Dept
at Singapore's Changi Airport. Recent trials and demonstrations have shown that
the special new thermal imaging system developed by Land Instruments gives the
most consistent results when checking for elevated temperatures indicating thepossible
presence of the deadly SARS virus. Systems have also been sold in Saudi Arabia,
Dubai and Taiwan. The Land system includes a blackbody reference source in each
image for precision results.||
Unconfirmed reports on CANADA Health trials of three competitive thermal imaging
systems at Vancouver International Airport tell about accuracy tests conducted
on the three different systems using the same Infrared Blackbody calibration source.
These comparisons resulted in one system showing calibration bias of 0.1°C,
the second of +2.4 °C and another of +4 °C.
Corporation's Temporal Artery Infrared Thermometer. One
of the missing links in the search for highly reliable, accurate determination
of human body temperature in screening for possible SARS-infected people has been
the issue of the accuracy of Thermal Imaging cameras and other IR, non-contact
temperature sensors. Key to the successful uses of these devices is the relationship
of a human's external skin temperature and his/her core body temperature. Exergen
Corporation is unique among many temperature sensor makers in that they have had
specific information on the issue on theirweb site for some time. They also offer
a book for sale written by two of the principles of the organization F. Pompei
and M. Pompei, "Physician's Reference Handbook on Temperature". Exergen make their
unique Temporal Artery Thermometer which is lightly touched to the forehead of
the person being checked as shown in use in China in the recent photo to the right
(courtesy of Dr. F. Pompei, Exergen Corporation). Also see item below with picture
of sleeping baby.||
Artery Thermometers In Use in China
Israel May 8, 2003, Opgal Optronic Industries Ltd announces the release of
its FDA - FEVER DETECTING SYSTEM, now entering use in several major international
airports.OPGAL, a leader in the development of thermal imaging technology, announced
today the release of its Fever Detector & Alarm (FDA) system, a complete integrated
remote sensing system designed to detect persons who may be suffering from elevated
The system is based on Opgal's sophisticated Uncooled Infra-Red
Thermal Imaging technology that can detect differences in temperature as small
as 0.2C. SARS is characterized by a fever of over 100.4°F (38°C), so that
the Fever Detector & Alarm (FDA) System can easily detect individuals who
have elevated temperatures.
Over the past few weeks, before the system was
officially released to the market, Opgal has sold hundreds of its IR Cameras to
different system integrators, to be implemented as part of their own application
as SARS Fever Detectors.
suspects. Suspected image
2nd from the right, blinks.
explicación en Español y Portugués,|
colegas de América Latina relacionados con la Termografía
colegas do América Latina relacionados à Termografia about thermal
imaging used in detection of SARS for our Latin friends from the Web site of SI
Termografia Infrarroja in Argentina.
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( Representante térmico de imagem de rosto humano sem febre)------------>
Technologies Electronics-Infrared Fever Screening System |
This is the organization that started the use of devices to screen people for
possible low level fever, an indication of possible SARS. They reportedly have
supplied 25 systems and have oders for another 100 or more already in production.
Called The IFSS, the system sells for an estimated $50,000 US.
of key specifications are:Detector
Spectral Range: 8 - 12 microns
Array Format: 320 H x 240 V
Ambient temperature ±1 °C
Start up Time: < 0.5 minutes
Frame Rate: 25/second
NETD: < 100 mK
Field of View:16° X 12°
Measurement Range: 32 to 40°C
Grey Levels:0 to 256 Accuracy: +/- 0.3°C
SAT INFRARED TECHNOLOGY CO.LTD's new SAT-MC602 infrared imaging fever trace
The new system has been designed to try to limit the spread of SARS
with this high-tech infrared imaging fever trace system. The system can detect
people with fever when they go through into the field of view, just like being
imaged by a video cameras. The machine will alert the inspector with both acoustic
and light alarm. SAT -MC602 has a thermoelectrically stabilized320X240 array
detector and custom software.
from The SAT MC602 System
May 9, 2003
Goleta, CA (USA) Indigo
Systems Corporation, a provider of infrared (IR) imaging equipment and WinSoft
Corporation, a developer and integrator of infrared applications, have responded
to the SARS situation by developing a human skin/body temperature monitoring system
with claimed accuracy of ± 0.5° Celsius.
Omega, Indigos smallest infrared imager, with WinSofts state-of-the-art
ThermaVU analysis software and unique continuous self-calibration mechanism
delivers, a rugged, highly accurate, and complete system, called ThermaSense,
for monitoring skin/body temperatures.
Systems' ThermaSense Camera and Screen Display
Guide Infrared-China |
May 8, 2003 Model IR230 takes simultaneous Infrared
and visual images that can be displayed on the same screen. It includes software
to automatically search and track an object and provide an automatic alarm.
When used to screen people for possible fever, the infrared display will show
colors below the set threshold as blue and green, while higher temperatures, above
the threshold show in red. The visible image enables easier quick identification
of the person with a temperature indicated above the threshold. System temperature
sensitivity is 0.08°C. Operation is easy and safe. The system is non-intrusive.
The spatial resolution of the infrared image is 320 x 240 pixels.
Wuhan Guide IR230 Dual IR and Visual Camera System for SARS Screening Use
The IR-160R Automated Body Temperature Monitoring System
from Infrared Solutions Inc.(Minnesota-USA) offers "an answer to combating
the spread of illnesses". Fast, unobtrusive temperature screening of people
is made simple with the IR-160R.
IR-160R Automated Body Monitoring System has temperature measurement accuracy
of 0.25 degrees C, eight times more accurate than many industrial infrared cameras.
It is available with special software to process images as shown in the adjoining
images on the right. The camera is designed to work with a PC and frame grabber
or is available as a complete system.
specifications can be found on the web site by clicking on the link above.
Solutions Inc.'s IR 160r Display Images of Human Face
Infrared Temporal Artery Thermometer (USA)
According to a Feb 2003 press release on the Exergen Web site, The Children's
Hospital (Boston, Mass, USA)and Harvard Medical School have proven that Exergen's
Infrared temporal artery thermometer (TAT) is more accurate than Infrared ear
thermometry and more accurate than rectal thermometers in responding to change
in fever. Exergen also makes infrared ear thermometers and commercial/industrial
IR temperature measuring equipment.
to the right shows TAT sensor being used to check a sleeping baby.
Corporation's Web Site Basically has a disclaimer and caution about using
industrial IR Thermometers to measure the temperature of the human body.||
IR Message board-
Wuhan Guide spokesman claims that their IR220 models sales recently have been
as follows: |
"The General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC, www.caac.gov.cn
) has bought 20 sets IR220 from us."
The Public Places where their products
have been equipped to checking SARS are as follows:
Beijing Capital Airport,
Shanghai Pudong Airport , Shanghai Hongqiao Airport , Wuhan Airport , Xiamen Airport,
Hainan Airport , Wuchang Railway Station , Xiamen Airport , Taiyuan Airport, Guangzhou
Trade Fair ( CECF) , Xiao Lanjing Co. , and
Yan Yangtian Co.
April 30,2003 Model IR220
(From the guide-infrared web site)
Effective Tool for Screening SARS: Within 1 second, IR220 recognises people
of high temperature from hundreds of travelers, more effective than tens of Thermometers.
With thermal imaging technology, IR220 can
take thermal images at high temperature sensitivity of 0.08C degree, in which
any spot temperature will be shown accurately. Different colors shows different
temperatures. Blue & green indicates healthy, and red depicts high temperature.
Instruments International-Dronfield UK-April 29,2003-
BODY TEMPERATURE MONITORING SYSTEM --The thermal imaging system provides a
thermographic image of human body temperatures (typically the face) at a distance
and comparing it with that of an extremely precise blackbody calibration source
at high speed - 30 frames per second - to provide a highly accurate measurement
of body temperature.
Land is one of the oldest and most respected organizations in the infrared temperature
measurement field and this new addition to their product line comes at a most
opportune time. They are well known for rugged, reliable and accurate temperature
measurement systems and their equipment is found in industry and research locations
of the features of the new Land system is a calibration source of infrared radiation,
included in each image for comparison. Another feature is the customized software
for measurement of human body temperature. No accuracy or uncertainty specifications
are given in the downloadable
Land data sheet, but several interesting human facial images with isotherms
and a reference calibration source are shown. The system thermal resolution is
specified by Land at 0.12°C.
Below is a copy
of the Land Human Body Temperature Monitoring System Display of a thermal image
(from their web site) and an isotherm image from their new product sheet on the
Inc.(Coquitlam, BC Canada w/offices in Beijing and Shanghai) -The
CANTRONIC Systems FeverScan M3000 -|
The CANTRONIC Systems Inc. FeverScan
M3000 screening system is a thermal-imaging thermometer that automatically checks
the temperature of travelers as they embark or disembark. Walking through, the
sensor generates a heat-sensitive image, and travelers with body temperature above
a predefined value will be shown with red flashing color to indicate fever.
The M3000 is a
walk-through heat sensor that will not slow down the flow of traffic. If a traveler
with a fever walks into the sensor's range a red flashing image indicates the
abnormal body temperature.
There is no specification of measurement capability or thermal resolution on the
Cantronic web site as of April 29,2003.
from the Cantronic web site.
Pacific Airlines Website|
SARS Screening Procedures at Airports (revised
and current as of Monday, 28 April 2003)
The information on this page
is provided at our best knowledge to be accurate and correct at the time of publication.
As the SARS condition evolves, so will the information change rapidly.
Please note that
Cathay Pacific states they will not carry a passenger with
a fever of 37.5°C or above on any of their flights regardless of local government
details of regulations now in force at many of Cathy Pacific's destinations are
described in some detail. Only one location has a temperature sensor specified
by name or type. That is Taipei - TPE (Taiwan), where an ear thermomter is mentioned.|
Health & Science News April 21, 2003|
SARS temperature scanner
A computer screen shows passengers walking
past part of a new Infrared Fever Sensing System camera set up to help spot people
with fevers arriving from SARS-hit countries at Changi International Airport in
Singapore. Using thermal imaging sensor technologies, the system unobtrusively
measures the temperatures of passengers
copyrighted thermal image is shown on the linked web page. Specs uncertain.|