Skin responses to heating assessed by laser Doppler

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This system has now been superseded by the moorVMS-HEAT, for full details please click here.

The Moor Instruments Skin Heating Unit (SH02) provides simple and reproducible heating of one or two independent areas of skin tissue simultaneously.

The system allows accurate programming of target temperature between 20 and 45 degrees Centigrade.

Combined with Moor laser Doppler systems the unit can be used for investigations of blood perfusion over a range of skin temperatures. The laser Doppler probe is held within the heater head ensuring that measurements originate from the heated region of tissue.

This system has now been superseded by the moorVMS-HEAT, for full details please click here.

The following products are AVAILABLE TO BUY ONLINE and work with the SH02

This system has now been superseded by the moorVMS-HEAT, for full details please click here.

This section lists the more common questions our customers have with regards to the SH02. If you have a question you would like answered that does not appear below then please email us. We are happy to help!

Q. What is the SH02 used for?
A. The SH02 can be used to regulate the blood flow measurement temperature or it can be used to affect reproducible skin temperature changes as a stimulus for blood flow change.

Q. Is the SH02 a stand-alone skin-heating controller?
A. Yes, the SH02 can be used in a stand-alone mode or it can be controlled by a DRT4, moorLDI or moorVMS-PC software. The latter allows convenient connection of a number of skin heating and iontophoresis modules and full flexibility in the protocol set up.

Q. Can the SH02 be remotely controlled?
A. Yes, the SH02 can be remotely controlled by the moorVMS-PC software, moorLDI or DRT4 where individual protocols detailing temperature and duration can be programmed (via PC software).

Q. What is the temperature range of the SH02?
A. The SH02 has a measurement range of 0-50°C and a heating range of 20-45°C (or ambient to 45°C, if the ambient temperature is greater than 20°C). Important: Ensure the temperature selected is appropriate for the subject to avoid risk of local burns.

Q. Can both channels of the SH02 be set to different temperatures - i.e. controlled independently?
A. Yes, the SH02 probes can be at different temperatures within each time period.

Q. Do you have to have two probes connected to the SH02 for it to work?
A. No, the SH02 will work with only one probe connected.

Q. Do I need to calibrate the SH02 probes?
A. There is no user calibration of the heater probes and new probes are supplied calibrated. We recommend annual factory servicing in order to ensure the system is operating within specification.

Q. When buying new probes for my SH02, do I have to return the SH02 to calibrate the new probes?
A. No, new probes are calibrated by Moor Instruments without the need of returning the SH02.

Q. Can I iontophorese and heat at the same time?
A. Yes, use the SH02-SHP2 digit-heating probe in the ION1r Iontophoresis chamber. The moorVMS/ moorVMS-PC allows simultaneous control of both skin heating and iontophoresis protocols.

Q. What optic probes do I use with the SH02?
A. When using a VMS, you need to use a VP12. For the DRT4 you need to use a DP12-V2. When using a moorLAB you need to use a MP12-V2 and when using an MBF3D you need to use a P12-V2.

Q. What adhesive discs do I need to order for my SH02 probes?
A. SH02-SHP1 you need to order SHADs.
SH02-SHP2 you need to order PADs.
SH02-SHP3 you need to order IADs.

Q. Does the SH02 come with a warranty?
A. Yes, there is a 2-year warranty included with the purchase of a SH02 (the heating probes are covered by a 6 months warranty).

This system has now been superseded by the moorVMS-HEAT, for full details please click here.

There are numerous references where our skin heaters are cited. The list below is a small selection. Please contact us for reference lists on your chosen subject.

Gebuhr P, Jorgensen J P, Vollmer-Larsen B, Nielsen S L, Alsbjorn B.
Estimation of Amputation Level With a Laser Doppler Flowmeter.
J Bone Joint Surg (Br) 71-B; 514-7, 1989.

Rayman G, Williams SA, Spencer PD, Smaje LH, Wise PH and Tooke JE
Impaired microvascular hyperaemic response to minor skin trauma in Type I diabetes.
British Medical Journal 292, 1295-1298, May 1986.

Sandeman DD, Pym CA, Green EM, Seamark C, Shore AC, Tooke JE
Microvascular vasodilation in feet of newly diagnosed non-insulin dependent diabetic patients.
British Medical Journal 302, 1122-1123, May 1991.

This system has now been superseded by the moorVMS-HEAT, for full details please click here.

Moor Instruments are committed to product development. We reserve the right to change the specifications below without notice.

Measured parameters

Temperature, 2 channels

Temperature measurement

Range: 0 – 50 °C


10 – 45 °C: ± 0.3 °C, ± 0.5 °C outside this range ± 0.5 °C over whole range for SHP3 probe


± 0.1 °C


0.1 °C

Temperature control

Range: 20°C (or ambient) to 45 °C


Set temperature ± 0.1 °C within 2 minutes


0.1 °C (Front panel and serial control). 0.5 °C (Analogue remote control)

Maximum heater power

5 Watts

Maximum rate of heating

Limited by probe size

Type of protection against electric shock

Class I Equipment

Degree of protection against electric shock

Type BF Applied part

Medical Devices Directive classification

Class IIa (Active device for diagnosis)

Power source

AC Mains power

Mains supply voltage range

Universal voltage 100 – 230V, 50 – 60Hz

Power rating


Degree of protection against flammable anaesthetics

Not Protected

Degree of protection against ingress of liquid

Probe head of SHP3 probe IPX7 Instrument, all other probes Not protected, IPX0

Mode of operation


Operating environmental conditions Temperature

+10°C to +40°C

Relative humidity

30% to 75% excluding condensation

Atmospheric pressure

700hPa to 1060hPa

Transportation and storage environmental conditions Temperature

0°C to +45°C

Relative humidity

0 to 80% RH Excluding condensation

Atmospheric pressure

500hPa to 1060hPa