American Academy of Thermology The Organization
The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) is a premiere global professional organization dedicated to the advancement of medical infrared imaging. It was founded in 1971 and is a multi-disciplinary organization that promotes education, research and the clinical application of medical infrared imaging. The AAT’s Mission is to improve the delivery of patient care by advancing the field of medical Infrared Imaging through education, research and technological innovation.
Our Vision is to make medical infrared imaging an essential tool for improved patient care. To achieve that, we are pursuing four goals that include:
Goal #1: Advance and drive global innovation in IR medical applications
- Make the AAT Annual Scientific Session the forum of choice for presenting and discussing IR imaging sciences and new technologies.
- Work with industry and government to bring innovation to practice.
- Demonstrate thought leadership in new areas of IR imaging research, including, but not limited to data science and artificial intelligence.
Goal #2: To become recognized as an indispensable source of information about IR medical imaging – globally.
- Provide a comprehensive collection of education content across all IR imaging knowledge areas.
- Develop a comprehensive approach to delivering AAT’s education offerings to meet user preferences.
- Serve as the point-of-care learning resource for all medical IR imaging practitioners.
Goal #3: Improve understanding of the value of medical IR imaging for patient care
- Develop resources for patients to better understand the role of IR imaging in healthcare.
Goal #4: Become a global connector, by connecting AAT members with people and companies required to advance the medical IR imaging profession
- Create meeting experiences that are compelling to current and future attendees.
- Serve as the nexus for interaction among and between IR imaging professionals, government agencies and industry representatives.
- Promote diverse representation.
AAT Values include:
- Excellence (scientific and clinical);
- Inclusion (respect for all people and ideas);
- Life-long learning (through continuous education);
- Trust (or Integrity);
- Service / Volunteerism
The AAT works to establish and maintain standards and guidelines of excellence in the practice of medical thermology, for education and research in thermology, and to promote and encourage contributions to the medical and scientific literature pertaining to thermology. The AAT also strives to establish personal contacts between those interested in thermology who seek advice and assistance on technical, interpretive and economic aspects of thermology, to encourage personal and scientific contacts between thermologists and other medical and scientific specialties, and to establish periodic scientific meetings for the presentation of clinical and experimental observations on thermal biology.
The AAT provides a forum for those who have interest in medically related conditions. The American Academy of Thermology holds annual conferences for the presentation of scientific and professional papers in cooperation with the international thermology community. The AAT prepares and publishes peer reviewed guidelines for the use of medical infrared imaging. Relevant articles for publication may be submitted to the AAT for publication in its peer reviewed affiliated journals. Case studies collaborated by other conventional imaging may be submitted for peer review and publication in the AAT Atlas of Medical Conditions. Continuing medical education credits are offered by the Academy at its Annual Scientific Session.