Limitations of Forehead Infrared Body Temperature Detection for Fever Screening for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Liu, C.C., Chang, R.E., and Chang, W.C. (2004). Limitations of Forehead Infrared Body Temperature Detection for Fever Screening for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. (Abstract only.) Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology. 25(12):1109-11.
The authors investigated alternative measurement methodology for infrared body thermometry to increase accuracy for outdoor fever screening during the 2003 SARS epidemic. They found that temperature by ear was a more accurate measurement than forehead body surface temperature. This has implications for fever screening interventions for emerging infectious diseases.