DITI is being increasingly recognized as a useful tool in the early identification of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries, especially non-specific (and difficult to diagnose) lameness. The ability to detect inflammatory and neurological processes at a very early stage can be critical to the out come.
DITI is a non-invasive diagnostic test of physiology that has been evolving over the past 20 years. The early systems bear little resemblance to the Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging systems being used today. The systems can be used in most clinics or stables and tests take about 15 minutes.
DITI is used to look for far more than just "hot spots" with accuracy down to 0.1°c very accurate and objective results are possible. Nerve damage or irritation will be seen as areas of reduced temperature (cold). More commonly seen are patterns of heat caused by trauma or infection. Even deep inflammation can be detected by thermography.
DITI is unique in its capability to show physiological (functional) abnormalities and can graphically display and record the animals "subjective" feeling of pain by objectively displaying the changes in skin surface temperature that accompany pain states.