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Advances in biomedical imaging using THz technology with applications to burn-wound assessment
Author(s): Priyamvada Tewari; Colin Kealey; Shijun Sung; Ashkan Maccabi; Neha Bajwa; Rahul Singh; Martin Culjat; Alexander Stojadinovic; Warren Grundfest; Zachary D. Taylor
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Paper Abstract

Terahertz (THz) hydration sensing and image has been a topic of increased interest recently due largely to improvements in source and detector technology and the identification of applications where current hydration sensing techniques are insufficient. THz medical imaging is an expanding field of research and tissue hydration plays a key role in the contrast observed in THz tissue reflectance and absorbance maps. This paper outlines the most recent results in burn and corneal imaging where hydration maps were used to assess tissue status. A 3 day study was carried out in rat models where a THz imaging system was used to assess the severity and extent of burn throughout the first day of injury and at the 24, 48, and 72 hour time points. Marked difference in tissue reflectance were observed between the partial and full thickness burns and image features were identified that may be used as diagnostic markers for burn severity. Companion histological analysis performed on tissue excised on Day 3 confirms hypothesized burn severity. The results of these preliminary animal trials suggest that THz imaging may be useful in burn wound assessment where current clinical modalities have resolution and/or sensitivity insufficient for accurate diagnostics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8261, Terahertz Technology and Applications V, 82610T (5 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915987
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Priyamvada Tewari, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Colin Kealey, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Shijun Sung, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Ashkan Maccabi, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Neha Bajwa, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Rahul Singh, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Martin Culjat, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Alexander Stojadinovic, Walter Reed Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Combat Wound Initiative Program (United States)
Warren Grundfest, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Zachary D. Taylor, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8261:
Terahertz Technology and Applications V
Laurence P. Sadwick; Créidhe M. O'Sullivan, Editor(s)

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