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Terahertz imaging of burned tissue
Author(s): Joseph P. Dougherty; Gregory D. Jubic; William L. Kiser
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Paper Abstract

There are over 2 million reported burn injuries each year in the United States with 75,000 of these incidents resulting in hospitalization. Current medical imaging modalities have limited capabilities to assess initial burn damage and monitor healing progress. Some of these limitations can be attributed to modality occlusion from bandages, dried tissue and/or blood and inflammation. Since terahertz radiation can see through textiles and bandages1, previous studies2,3 suggested that terahertz radiation, in a reflectance configuration, could be used for non-invasive analysis of tissue thermal damage and healing status. In this study, we perform an analysis of the terahertz absorption and reflection properties of the tissue constituents comprising a wound area, and provide a feasibility assessment of the capabilities of terahertz imaging to provide a clinical tool for initial burn analysis and healing progress.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6472, Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics VI, 64720N (1 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.705137
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph P. Dougherty, Penn State Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
Gregory D. Jubic, Penn State Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
William L. Kiser, Penn State Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6472:
Terahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics VI
Kurt J. Linden; Laurence P. Sadwick, Editor(s)

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