Omega Alerts on SARS and IR Thermometers

Omerga Engineering , The world’s largest seller of temperature sensors, has published an alert on their web site advising that they will not sell any of their Infrared Thermometers for use in diagnosing SARS or in any use connected with measuring the body temperature of humans!

To quote: “All OMEGA’s IR devices are intended for scientific, technical and industrial purposes ONLY. They are NOT to be used as a diagnostic tool in relation to the SARS epidemic, since they are NOT designed for, intended to, or capable of measuring human body temperature.”

This follows the disclaimer published by Raytek Corp on their web site, reported earlier.

Note: Omega Engineering does not sell Infrared Thermal Imager Systems.

Land Reports IR Units “Most Accurate”

Land Instruments International reports recent trials and demonstrations have shown that the special new infrared thermal imaging system developed by them to measure human body temperature gives the most consistent results when checking for elevated temperatures indicating the possible presence of the SARS virus.Systems have reportedly been sold in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Dubai andTaiwan.

Oral Thermometers: The Most Acurate!

Singapore May 13, 2003 “Oral thermometers the most accurate, says SPRING Singapore” (SPRING is the National Measurement Laboratory of Singapore.). In a release today about the accuracy of temperature sensors being used to screen for SARS. ” Hospitals still use oral and not ear measurement as their standard as this is the most accurate. Our test results indicate that oral thermomteters whether disposable, digital or liquid-in-glass, have an accuracy of plus or minus 0.1 degrees Celcius”, according to SPRING’s Chief Executive, Lee Suan Hiang. Click on the link above for the rest of the story.

Does Exergen have the answer?

The USA Exergen Corporation’s Web site is one of the very few Infrared Temperature Sensor Vendor, sites that we found with what appears to be creditable evidence of the ability to precisely measure human body temperature with infrared thermometry using devices other than infrared ear thermometers. Not surprisingly they also make ear thermometers and calibration equipment! They cite several medical reference papers and journal articles from respected information sources. Do they have the answer to verifying on-site results with some dubious infrared ear and thermal imaging thermometers? It looks that way to us. We’l let you know as soon as we get an opportunity to review their work in more detail.

Wuhan Guide Imagers Screening for SARS

A Wuhan Guide spokesman on the Snell IR Message board- claims that their IR220 models sales recently have been as follows: “The General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC, ) has bought 20 sets IR220 from us.” The Public Places where their products have been equipped to check for possible SARS cases are as follows: Beijing Capital Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport , Shanghai Hongqiao Airport , Wuhan Airport , Xiamen Airport, Hainan Airport , Wuchang Railway Station , Xiamen Airport , Taiyuan Airport, Guangzhou Trade Fair ( CECF) , Xiao Lanjing Co. , and Yan Yangtian Co.

IR Thermal Imager for SARS Screening

A new IR Thermal Imager System has been released by Land Instruments International for use in screening for possible SARS-infected persons at airports and other public locales.

By using a compact, accurate and high speed thermal imaging camera, special software and a reference IR calibration source together, the manufacturer claims they can detect people with elevated body temperature above the normal average of 37 Deg. C (98.6 Deg. F).
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February TemperatureSensorNews Available

The latest issue of this free eNewsletter is available. Archived on its own web page- this issue with active hyperlinks features the low cost PCMeasure data collection, display and networking system available over the web plus a guest-authored review of the 2003 Thermal Solutions Conference held in January 2003 in Clearwater Florida, USA. Also included are some new web finds from About Temperature Sensors on advanced thermowell wake software, new free CD-ROMs and more resources and vendors.

About Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging is a growing technology that has many uses as shown on the Stockton Infrared Thermographic Services, Inc. web site. Stockton is major service company located in North Carolina, USA. They provide a wide range of infrared thermographic services to their clients. They do not manufacture or represent products and do not provide any services other than infrared, although many other service companies do. Their web site features images, videos and a much information on applications.
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