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Infrared Photography As A Diagnostic Tool For The Burn Wound
Author(s): Victor J. Anselmo; Bruce E. Zawacki
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Paper Abstract

The classification of burns is an area of considerable confusion (Ref. 1,2). The popu-lar description of first, second, and third degree was originated over 150 years ago by Boyer. This classification was based on superficial appearance and was used almost exclusively with minor modifications until about 30 years ago. Burn physicians then began to realize that the depth of injury was of prime importance, and not this superficial appearance. Thus, there evolved a two-category description which is defined as follows: The partial-thickness burn is a wound in which sufficient epithelial elements remain to allow spontaneous skin repair, and the full-thickness burn is a wound in which the epithelial elements necessary for spontaneous skin repair have been destroyed. In the latter case, skin repair can occur by contraction of the wound and cell migration from the edge. When this peripheral regrowth is not possible or adequate, grafting is necessary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1974
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0040, Quantitative Imagery in the Biomedical Sciences II, (1 March 1974);
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Victor J. Anselmo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)
Bruce E. Zawacki, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0040:
Quantitative Imagery in the Biomedical Sciences II
Robin E. Herron, Editor(s)

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