Gary L. Evans


Behind the mundane, albeit pressing and important questions as to whether and to what extent a thermographic exam changes the value of a case, there lurks a more basic issue; is thermography a legally and medically reliable tool in diagnosing soft tissue injuries? This article will examine that issue as it pertains to personal injury litigation and reach some qualified conclusions.

Part I discusses thermography in general and describes electronic and liquid crystal thermography in particular. Part II divides reliability into two categories in an attempt to distinguish between medical and legal reliability. Part III discusses possible impacts caused by thermography usage in personal injury cases. Part IV addresses some problems accompanying that usage and poses possible solutions