Thu, May 01, 2003
A Mild Fever is an Early Indicator
Spirit Medical of Cincinnati, OH announced a new front line
defense against SARS. SMI's Spirit 160 S infrared camera can be
used for scanning groups of passengers or individuals for the high
temperatures associated with possible SARS infection when traveling
into the United States or other countries. It is a non
contact, non-invasive system.
Scan™ is a lightweight infrared camera that is held like a
flashlight and scans an individual's face. A temperature of only 1
degree Farenheit over the normal body temperature of 98.6 instantly
results in an alarm. The 'suspect individual' can then be singled
out for further testing for SARS. Most importantly, the infrared
scan is not harmful, and is a non-invasive, non-contact system.
SARS Scan is a practical solution and most useful at any point
where passengers are leaving or arriving a foreign country via
aircraft, ship, train, and bus, or at immigration control
points. On-board passenger scans by transportation personnel
such as flight attendants is simple but effective.
SARS Scan incorporates advanced optical and thermal flow
algorithms to configure a system to identify a single person with
elevated temperature in a group! The systems incorporates the
Spirit 160 S and a laptop computer.
Infrared thermography has long been utilized in the medical field
because of its ability to sense temperature differences. In the
case of the Spirit 160 S its advanced temperature sensitivity of
0.08 degree Celsius makes it ideal in the detection of fever which
may be associated with SARS.
The infrared camera is ruggedized and measures only 6.5"long x
2.5" wide and 3.0" high. It weighs less than pound. It runs on a
self-contained battery with an operating life of 6-8 hours between
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