ThirdEye's Mixed Reality Glasses + Platform Are Helping Frontline Medical Professionals Fight COVID-19
After several months of the ongoing pandemic, the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has surpassed 4 million, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
As telehealth solutions are being quickly adopted, thermal imaging is becoming the new standard in helping first responders treat COVID-19 patients and stay safe.
In terms of healthcare, thermography utilizes an infrared camera to detect elevated heat patterns of a person or patient suspected of having COVID-19. One of the most common symptoms of the coronavirus is elevated body temperatures (EBTs) that can indicate a dangerously high fever.
One of the most common misconceptions however, is that thermal scanners and cameras can identify people who are infected but have not developed symptoms of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the incubation period of the coronavirus can take between 2 and 10 days making the virus difficult to detect.
Thermal cameras, also known as non-contact thermometers, measure the surface temperature of a person's body and use an algorithm to help determine elevated body temperatures; however, thermal cameras cannot be used to detect a virus or infection.
An elevated body temperature is a symptom for many illnesses, not just COVID, so it is important to remember that just because someone has a higher than normal body temperature, this does not mean they have contracted COVID. Sars, ebola and influenza can also elevate a person's body temperature similar to the coronavirus.
Thermal Camera Accuracy
According to flir.com, temperature accuracy is contingent upon many variables, including:
- Distance from camera
- Camera response
- Relative humidity
- Ambient room temperature
Also, popular hand-held thermal scanning devices are not as accurate with their temperature readings; inaccuracies can be as much as +/- 2 degrees celsius up to +/- 5 degrees. This lack of proper measurement capabilities is not adequate in detecting EBTs found from having COVID-19. Also, if a person does test positive for an elevated body temperature, a second temperature reading should be administered to confirm the first reading.
X2 MR Glasses + FLIR Thermal Sensor
In an effort to keep first responders safe in an emergency or critical situation, our team of engineers conducted extensive research on the best thermal sensors to combine with our X2 MR Glasses. ThirdEye has partnered with ICI to create a hands-free and more reliable thermal solution. ICI specializes in advanced infrared device technology that pinpoints accurate skin temperature and measurement. With our solution, first responders can gather temperature readings from a distance and determine critical next steps.
Additionally, emergency response workers will be able to access critical patient records in real-time while hands-free and remain focused in mission-critical situations.