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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9

Thermographic Assessment of a Vascular Malformation of the Hand: A New Imaging Modality


1 Birmingham Hand Centre, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2WB; Department of Plastic Surgery, School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom
2 Birmingham Hand Centre, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2WB, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Joseph T Hardwicke
Birmingham Hand Centre, University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2WB
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.179414

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Vascular malformations of the hand are rare. Angiography is the current Gold Standard imaging modality. Thermal imaging is an emerging noninvasive, noncontact technology that does not require intravenous contrast agents. We present the case of a patient with an arteriovenous malformation affecting the hand in which thermal imaging has been used as an adjunct to capture baseline images to allow monitoring of progression. We suggest that thermal imaging provides an adjunct that can be used in addition to clinical examination and/or angiography for the diagnosis and routine follow-up of conservatively managed arteriovenous malformations, to monitor progression or vascular steal, and also for recording recurrence after surgical excision for which there is known to be a significant incidence. With the benefit of being a noninvasive imaging modality that does not require intravenous contrast, or ionizing radiation exposure, office-based thermal imaging may become commonplace.


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