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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Infrared ear thermometry compared with rectal thermometry in children: A systematic review.
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Summary: Company first to offer vital signs device that can accommodate both digital oral/axillary/rectal and ear thermometry accessories simultaneously
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