Preliminary study of thermal density distribution and entropy analysis during cycling exercise stress test using infrared thermography

S. Bogomilsky, O. Hoffer, G. Shalmon, M. Scheinowitz

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Abstract

Considerable differences related to the results of temperature changes acquired during exercise exist, and in many cases, these lead to poor correlation with physiological variables. In this preliminary study we investigated the temperature changes and the temperature distribution (entropy) of the torso during a graded cycling exercise stress test using thermal imaging and studied the correlation between the increase in pulmonary ventilation (VE) and the changes in the surface temperature of the anterior torso during exercise. Thermal images of the anterior torso were captured every 30 s during the exercise, while the resistance was gradually increased every minute until exhaustion. The thermal images were processed to obtain a mean temperature in the regions of interest (ROI) (chest, forehead, and abdomen). We also developed an algorithm to calculate the distribution of temperature and texture (entropy) within each ROI. No changes were found in absolute temperatures. However, the entropy of the chest surface area increased significantly throughout the exercise test, compared with baseline temperature at rest. This increase in entropy was significantly correlated with exercise duration and intensity (p < 0.001). Furthermore, a high correlation between the increase in VE and chest entropy during exercise was detected (r = 0.9515). No correlations were found between the increase in entropy and the abdomen or the forehead compared with the VE. The non-invasive IR thermal imaging during graded exercise, combined with advanced image processing, successfully correlates surface thermography with exercise duration and pulmonary ventilation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14018
JournalScientific Reports
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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