METHODS: Sixty-eight chiropractic students were recruited to receive two paraspinal thermal scans, 5 minutes apart, on three visits that were 1 week apart. Each scan produces three graphs or channels; one for each of left and right sides of the spine and a delta or difference between left and right. The scans were imported into a thermal pattern calculator (TPC) providing a percent similarity between the two. The TPC percents were compared with to their corresponding SF-12 scores.
RESULTS: There were no significant findings in the left or delta channel. For the right channel, there was a decrease in mental health perception in participants having a TPC percent of 70.8 or higher (32.3% of all visits).
CONCLUSION: Participants in this study who had right channel TPC percents of 70.8 or higher were associated with lower mental health perception scores. The study is considered a preliminary inquiry only due to the small sample size. Notice of Correction
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