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Table 2 Spearman’s correlation coefficients between ambient temperature (ϑAmb), rectal temperature and infrared (IR) thermographic measurements in 14 cows determined on the day of surgery and during the postoperative phase

From: Postoperative wound assessment in cattle: How reliable is the back hand palpation?

Comparative parameters r P
Ambient temperature (ϑAmb) Mean skin temperature of the reference area using IR thermography (ϑRA) 0.71 < 0.001
Ambient temperature (ϑAmb) Mean skin temperature of the wound area using IR thermography (ϑWA) 0.69 < 0.001
Ambient temperature (ϑAmb) IR thermographic temperature difference Δϑ (ϑWARA) -0.51 < 0.001
Rectal temperature Mean skin temperature of the reference area using IR thermography (ϑRA) 0.28 < 0.001