29 October 2012 Noninvasive determination of burn depth in children by digital infrared thermal imaging
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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.
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Jose David Medina-Preciado, Eleazar Samuel Kolosovas-Machuca, Ezequiel Velez-Gomez, Ariel Miranda-Altamirano, Francisco Javier Gonzalez, "Noninvasive determination of burn depth in children by digital infrared thermal imaging," Journal of Biomedical Optics 18(6), 061204 (29 October 2012). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.18.6.061204 . Submission:
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