ear thermometry

ear thermometry

the measurement of the temperature of the tympanic membrane by detection of infrared radiation from the eardrum. See also tympanic membrane thermometer.

ear thermometry

Determination of the temperature of the tympanic membrane by use of a device for rapidly sensing infrared radiation from the membrane. Commercially available devices do this in 3 sec. The convenience of assessing body temperature using this method is obvious, but if the probe is left in the ear canal for more than a few seconds, the reading may be abnormally low. In general, the accuracy and reproducibility of ear thermometry is poor.
See: temperature
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In a systematic review, infrared ear thermometry for fever diagnosis in children finds poor sensitivity.
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A fast, accurate, non-invasive method of taking temperatures by gently scanning the forehead, Exergen's temporal artery thermometer has been proven more accurate than ear thermometry by studies at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; at least as accurate as rectal measurement by studies at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto; as accurate as a pulmonary artery catheter by a study at the Massachusetts General Hospital; found to be "a rapid, noninvasive screening tool for detection of rectal fever" by a study at Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine; and found to be indispensable for pediatric practice use in a recent 2300 patient study by Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron.
Company first to offer vital signs device that can accommodate both digital oral/axillary/rectal and ear thermometry accessories simultaneously
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Accuracy of infrared ear thermometry and other temperature methods in adults.