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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Noninvasive determination of burn depth in children by digital infrared thermal imaging
Author(s): Jose David Medina-Preciado; Eleazar Samuel Kolosovas-Machuca; Ezequiel Velez-Gomez; Ariel Miranda-Altamirano; Francisco Javier Gonzalez
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Paper Abstract

Digital infrared thermal imaging is used to assess noninvasively the severity of burn wounds in 13 pediatric patients. A delta-T (ΔT ) parameter obtained by subtracting the temperature of a healthy contralateral region from the temperature of the burn wound is compared with the burn depth measured histopathologically. Thermal imaging results show that superficial dermal burns (IIa) show increased temperature compared with their contralateral healthy region, while deep dermal burns (IIb) show a lower temperature than their contralateral healthy region. This difference in temperature is statistically significant (p<0.0001 ) and provides a way of distinguishing deep dermal from superficial dermal burns. These results show that digital infrared thermal imaging could be used as a noninvasive procedure to assess burn wounds. An additional advantage of using thermal imaging, which can image a large skin surface area, is that it can be used to identify regions with different burn depths and estimate the size of the grafts needed for deep dermal burns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 2012
PDF: 4 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 18(6) 061204 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.6.061204
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 18, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Jose David Medina-Preciado, Civil Hospital of Guadalajara (Mexico)
Eleazar Samuel Kolosovas-Machuca, Univ. Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico)
Ezequiel Velez-Gomez, Civil Hospital of Guadalajara (Mexico)
Ariel Miranda-Altamirano, Civil Hospital of Guadalajra (Mexico)
Francisco Javier Gonzalez, Univ. Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico)


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