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Infrared imaging of burn wounds to determine burn depth
Author(s): Andrew G. Hargroder; James E. Davidson; Donald Gene Luther; Jonathan F. Head
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Paper Abstract

Determination of burn wound depth is at present left to the surgeons visual examination. Many burn wounds are obviously, by visual inspection, superficial 2 degree burns or true 3 degree burns. However, those burn wounds that fall between the obvious depth burns are difficult to assess visually, and therefore wound depth determination often requires waiting 5 to 7 days postburn. Initially, 10 burn patients underwent IR imaging at various times during the evaluation of their burn wounds. These patients were followed to either healing or skin grafting. The IR images were then reviewed to determine their accuracy in determining the depth of the wound. IR imaging of burn wounds with focal plane staring array midrange IR systems appears promising in determination of burn depth one to two days postburn. This will allow clinical decision regarding operative or nonoperative intervention to be made earlier, thus decreasing hospital stays and time to healing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3698, Infrared Technology and Applications XXV, (26 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354509
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew G. Hargroder, Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Ctr. (United States)
James E. Davidson, Medical Thermal Diagnostics (United States)
Donald Gene Luther, Medical Thermal Diagnostics (United States)
Jonathan F. Head, Medical Thermal Diagnostics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3698:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXV
Bjorn F. Andresen; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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