Counterpoint to “Infrared cameras overestimate skin temperature during rewarming from cold exposure”
journal contributionposted on 16.07.2020, 09:02 by George HavenithGeorge Havenith, Alex LloydAlex Lloyd
We evaluated the paper by Maley et al. (2020) in this journal “Infrared cameras overestimate skin temperature during rewarming from cold Exposure” for the evidence provided in support of its title and conclusions. Several methodological issues were identified as well as issues with the data interpretation: 1: Only one camera was used but a conclusion was made for ‘cameras’ in general; 2: The camera accuracy (±2ºC) is too low to do a meaningful comparison without using local reference values or an on-site calibrator with higher accuracy; 3: Thermistor measurements are taken as gold standard while issues such as temperature gradients and taping are known; 4: Both methods are not compared at the same location and a natural, physiological, gradient may be present between their locations; 5. The impact of the sensor and tape on delays in the change of the underlying tissue temperature is not considered; 6: Only a single pixel was used for the analysis, which has been shown to be problematic.
We concluded that the paper by Maley et al. does not provide conclusive evidence that infrared cameras overestimate skin temperature during rewarming from cold exposure.
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