Choosing a thermal imaging system to measure elevated skin surface temperature should includes:

  • Thermal cameras that are medical grade and designed specifically to detect  elevated body temperature. Understanding that that price points can range according to accuracy, speed of detection, and additional analytics features.

  • Thermal cameras are designed to give an indication of elevated  temperature, and are not to be solely relied upon for fever screening or regarded as a diagnose. For those showing an elevated temperature, can to be discretely directed to have a secondary screening area with an NCIT or clinical grade contact thermometer can be administered.

  • There has been a significant rise in products being manufactured and promoted as providing thermography solutions to detect elevated body temperatures. Be careful when specifying products that they are certified in some way.

  • Factoring in the number of people passing through your points-of-entry. Busier sites may need a crowd detection capability.

  • Would a stand-alone kiosk be sufficient or will there be a person monitoring the screening? 

  • When screening, be clear on communication that temperatures will be checked, and they have a choice whether or not to enter, offer a means of feedback on the fever screening solution. 

Note: Implement all safeguards available. Effective and accurate fever temperature  screening with trained operators, reinforced by mask wearing, social or workspace distancing, cleaning/disinfecting high traffic areas as well as other safety precautions. And now, vaccines for COVID-19 are available for those that are willing to get it. Do not rely solely on one to increase safety measures in a workplace or building.

We became aware of products being marketed for “temperature screening” where it was evident that a product which was intended for completely non-medical purposes (e.g. temperature checks during industrial processes) had been repurposed by the supplier for “temperature screening” since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.