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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Termografía infrarroja

Infrared thermography (IN-fruh-RED ther-MAH-gruh-fee)
In medicine, a procedure in which an infrared camera (one that senses heat) is used to measure temperature differences on the surface of the body. The camera makes pictures that show areas of possible abnormal cell growth because abnormal tissue gives off more heat than normal tissue does.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.