Applications & Uses
There are hundreds of uses for infrared photography in many different industries. From the war on drugs to detecting new stars in the sky, infrared is helpful in more ways than most people could imagine. Below we look at a few of these different types of applications.
In the field of medicine, IR photography is particularly useful as infrared radiation can penetrate the skin, making problems such as varicose veins or venous blood easy to spot. Infrared is also used in dental photography because enamel shows up darker than dentin, the material that makes up the bulk of a tooth.
Many other areas of medicine use infrared photography to detect health problems. Some examples include:
• Breast tumors
• Acute abdomen
• Thyroid gland
• Early diagnosis of the severity of burns
• Peripheral nerve diseases in limbs